Witness stayed with Dean Stansby until ambulance arrived, Ipswich Crown Court hears

Tributes left in Ancaster Road last year following the death of Dean Stansby. Picture: MATT STOTT

Tributes left in Ancaster Road last year following the death of Dean Stansby. Picture: MATT STOTT - Credit: Archant

A witness in the trial of four men accused of murdering Trimley father-of-five Dean Stansby found him lying on the ground saying he had been stabbed, a court has heard.

Dean Stansby, who died after being stabbed on February 8 last year. Picture: SUPPLIED BY STANSBY FAM

Dean Stansby, who died after being stabbed on February 8 last year. Picture: SUPPLIED BY STANSBY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

Max Helm told Ipswich Crown Court that he was walking along Gippeswyk Avenue in Ipswich into Ancaster Road on February 8 last year at about 6.25pm when he heard shouting and saw two men in the road and a third man standing at a park entrance.

He couldn’t hear what was being said but formed the impression there had been some sort of altercation.

He described the man by the park entrance facing the other two men with his arms out and the other two moving towards him.

Mr Helm said the two men got to the edge of the path and they took up an “aggressive stance” as if they were going to attack him.


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“They moved as if to launch an attack but they didn’t,” said Mr Helm.

The two men had then gone past Mr Helm up the hill while the man by the park entrance ran down the road weaving in and out of traffic, the court was told.

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Shortly afterwards Mr Helm went under the bridge in Ancaster Road and saw the man lying on his back on the ground.

He said the man told him he had been stabbed and lifted his top to reveal a two inch wound just below his ribs.

“He was asking for help,” said Mr Helm who stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

Before Ipswich Crown Court are Jason Ruby, 45, of Risby Close, Ipswich; Tecwyn Parker, 48, of Downside Close, Ipswich; Daniel Kaganda, 24, of London and Amiadul Islam, 25, of London.

All four deny murdering 41-year-old Mr Stansby on February 8 last year.

Ruby has also denied conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

The court has heard that Mr Stansby came into Ipswich on the evening of his death to buy drugs from the “AJ and Sky” ring.

Jacob Hallam, prosecuting, said Parker, Ruby and Kaganda had apparently gone to confront Mr Stansby in retaliation for an earlier incident in which he had allegedly tried to rob Parker of some drugs.

He claimed that Islam was in telephone contact with his three co-defendants during the confrontation in Ancaster Road.

The trial continues.

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