Accused killers reportedly ‘jubilant’ about what they had done to teenage victim, court hears

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich delivery driver accused of driving Tavis Spencer-Aitkens’ killers to the scene of the fatal attack has described his passengers as being “jubilant” about what they had done to the teenager.

Tributes are left in memory of Tavis Spencer Aitkins on Packard Avenue, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUC

Tributes are left in memory of Tavis Spencer Aitkins on Packard Avenue, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Giving evidence at Ipswich Crown Court, Leon Glasgow said that after Tavis’s attackers got back into the van after the attack he’d asked them: “What was that all about?” and was told: “It’s gang ****. It’s AM.”

Glasgow said that he understood AM to mean attempted murder.

He described his passengers as being “jubilant” and “happy” about they had done.

He said that on the afternoon of the attack he had been asked by his drug supplier Adebayo Amusa to “give him and some of his boys a lift to Nacton and back” in return for drugs and cash.


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He met Amusa at Alderman Park and said 20-year-old Aristote Yenge and a man called “M” had got into the front of the van while some other people he could not see had got in the back.

He claimed that after a quick stop in Iris Close, he was given directions to Packard Avenue and was told where to stop by Yenge.

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He then heard someone shout: “He’s here. He’s here,” and the people in the van had all got out.

Glasgow said he had no idea what was going on and had then seen a youth, who he now knew to be Tavis, run across the road.

Shortly afterwards he saw Tavis and the people who had been in his van “come together”.

He described seeing Tavis fall down “under his own steam” before being attacked in what he described as a “one-sided fight”.

He said he had a limited view of what was going on through parked cars but from the aggressive actions of his attackers, he thought they were kicking and punching Tavis.

He said he had not seen any weapons and described the attack as being over in seconds.

He was shocked at what he saw and was planning to drive off when his passengers returned to the van.

As he reversed the van, he described seeing Tavis get up and stumble down the road.

Glasgow said that after leaving Packard Avenue he had dropped his passengers off in the area of Yeoman Close.

In the dock with Glasgow, 42, of no fixed address are Adebayo Amusa, 20, of Sovereign Road, Barking, Aristote Yenge, 23, of Spring Road, Ipswich, Callum Plaats, 23, of Ipswich, Isaac Calver, 19, of Firmin Close, Ipswich, and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age.

They all deny murdering 17-year-old Tavis who was fatally stabbed in Packard Avenue on June 2.

During his evidence Glasgow, who has lived in Ipswich since 2008, admitted having a long criminal record dating back to 1995, including offences of robbery.

He said he had been released from a 90-month prison sentence for robbery in March last year and started using drugs at the end of April.

It has been alleged the attack on Tavis was the result of rivalry between two gangs.

The trial continues.

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