Stabbed teenager’s sister-in-law tells double Ipswich ‘murder’ trial that 17-year-old admitted doing it

A heavy police presence at the gate of the West Meadows travellers' site after the alleged murders.

A heavy police presence at the gate of the West Meadows travellers' site after the alleged murders. Picture: CONTRIB - Credit: Archant

The sister-in-law of a man allegedly murdered in an Ipswich traveller turf war told a court how a 17-year-old boasted ‘I done it’.

Emily Cawley, 20, said Nelson Smith Jnr made the confession moments after stabbing her husband’s brother Nathan Oakley, 18, and Barry Street, 32, at the West Meadows site in Bury Road.

Smith Jnr, now aged 18, has denied murdering the pair and having a bladed article in a public place.

The jury at his Old Bailey trial heard a recorded interview in which Ms Cawley told police that when someone asked who did it, Smith replied: “Me, I done it.”

She said he had a knife in his hand at the time.


You may also want to watch:


The prosecution claim Smith murdered the two men after a row over a vacant pitch at the traveller site on December 8 last year.

Mr Street, who lived on Pitch 27, parked his cars on Pitch 25 when it was empty and had been accused of throwing a can of Red Bull into the caravan of a traveller who had been allocated the area,.

Most Read

Ms Cawley said she later heard Stacey Webb, the partner of Smith’s father, complaining to the warden about it.

In the recorded interview Ms Cawley said: “She was going on about it, Barry this and Barry that.

“She said ‘I can’t wait for Barry to get booted in the mouth today’.”

Mr Street and his wife Tammy Smith later went over to tell Smith’s father: “Your wife has been causing trouble, get your wife out here.”

Ms Cawley said she saw Stacey Webb go into the kitchen before coming out of the caravan, and thought she might have been getting a knife.

“She came out with some furry slippers on and they (Stacey and Tammy) had a bit of a catfight.

“Someone pulled them apart... all of a sudden the little boy ran out.”

Ms Cawley said she heard the word “stabbed” and saw Nathan lift his top up to reveal blood pouring out a wound.

She added: “Blood was squirting out of his mouth. He took his jumper off, looked at me and said “Help me”. They took him to hospital. I don’t know if Barry had got stabbed in the neck by then, my priority was Nathan.

‘He was scared, he knew he was going to die. Eighteen-year-old - he knew he was going to die. It was too late.”

Smith is expected to claim he was defending his family.

The trial continues.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter