Tavis killer has jail term cut FIVE years on appeal
PUBLISHED: 18:46 29 April 2020 | UPDATED: 10:37 30 April 2020
One of the men convicted for the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in Ipswich has had his sentence reduced following an appeal in London.
Kyreis Davies, who was 17 at the time of his conviction, was sentenced to life with a minimum 21 years following the murder of Tavis, 17, in 2018.
The 17-year-old was stabbed 15 times and hit over the head with a bottle by a group of men as he walked along Packard Avenue in Ipswich.
Davies, of Turnstile Square in Colchester, was one of five involved in the attack on June 2, with Isaac Calver, Aristote Yenge, Adebayo Amusa and Callum Plaats also imprisoned for their roles.
Davies’ appeal was heard at the Court of Appeal in London by Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon, on Wednesday morning, April 29.
His hearing was successful, leading TRH Lord Burnett to reduce his sentence to 16 years.
Lord Burnett reduced his sentence by five years based on him being 16 at the time of the murder.
Neville Aitkens, Tavis’ father, said “Absolutely devastated, I did not expect it to turn out the way it has turned out.
“It shouldn’t matter what age you are, if you commit murder, you should do the time.”
Roxanne Chudleigh, an anti-knife campaigner and founder of Ipswich Against Gangs, added: “I don’t know what to say in honesty, other than that I am just absolutely disgusted.”
Ms Chudleigh also launched the “Knives Take Lives” campaign following the teenager’s death, which alongside Ipswich Against Gangs has been supported by Suffolk Constabulary, police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore and Ipswich MP Tom Hunt.
It is understood the attack was a result of an ongoing feud between two Ipswich gangs, Neno and J-Block, the latter of which his killers were known members or associates of.
The hatred had spiralled from previous music videos mocking each rival gang, based in the IP3 and Jubilee Park areas of the town.
On the day of his murder, Yenge and Davies had sought refuge inside the town centre Lush store after being “spotted” by Neno members, before being escorted out by a plain-clothes police officer.
It is believed the shame of hiding from the gang is what motivated the five-man group to attack Tavis.
Another person who was driving a DPD van – which had DNA from Calver, Yenge, Amusa and Davies inside – was cleared of all charges.
Plaats was one of two cyclists who joined the convoy of killers.
Door-to-door police enquiries led to witnesses reporting seeing a knife being thrown in the River Gipping, which was later discovered by the Metropolitan Police dive team. There was no forensic evidence available but pathologists were satisfied that the knife could have caused all of Tavis’s injuries.
Further links to the knife and the attack were made by the discovery of packaging for a set of knives and another knife at addresses linked to the group, as well as the telematics tracking the DPD van.
Also serving life sentences for his murder are:
Isaac Calver, 19, of St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, who must serve a minimum term of 21 years.
Aristote Yenge, 23, of Spring Road, Ipswich who was given a minimum of 25 years. Adebayo Amusa, 20, of Sovereign Road, Barking, east London, was given a minimum of 23 years.
Callum Plaats, 23, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter.
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