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Five jailed for killing Suffolk teenager Tavis Spencer Aitkens

17-year-old Tavis Spencer Aitkens was stabbed near his home in June last year.

Five people found guilty have been sentenced today.

Aristote Yenge, Kyreis Davies, Adebayo Amusa, Isaac Calver and Callum Plaats Credit: Suffolk Police

The sentences are:

  • Kyreis Davies, guilty of murder, life with a minimum of 21 years
  • Aristote Yenge, guilty of murder, life with a minimum of 25 years
  • Issac Calver, guilty of murder, life with a minimum of 21 years
  • Adebayo Amusa, guilty of murder, life with a minimum of 23 years
  • Callum Plaats, guilty of manslaughter, 14 years with half served on license

The sad fact is that this case represents the effects of gang violence on the streets of Ipswich in daylight. It is another instance of knife crime which is all too prevalent and has tragic consequences. A life is lost, a family left to suffer in bereavement, and a community is left shocked by what occurred, yet the carrying of knives and other lethal weapons continues. This has become a significant problem but one way the Court can play its part in trying to discourage this kind of behaviour and prevent further tragic loss of young life is by marking the gravity of the offending with severe sentences, even when young men are involved. It is not in anyone's interest to believe they can commit these types of offences and receive only moderate punishment."

– His Honour Judge Martyn Levett
Tavis Spencer Aitkens Credit: Suffolk Police

Tavis who was 17, was stabbed to death just yards from his home in Packard Avenue in Ipswich in June 2018

The trial heard gang culture played a part in the murder Credit: ITV Anglia

Following 10 days of deliberations, a jury at Ipswich Crown Court last month convicted Adebayo Amusa, 20, of Barking, Aristote Yenge, 23, of no fixed address, 17-year-old Kyreis Davies, from Colchester, and 19-year-old Isaac Calver, of Ipswich, of murder.

Callum Plaats, who is 23 and from Ipswich, was found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Every crime of murder ends one life, but the words spoken bring home that it harms many others around the deceased: a father is left with a sense of grievance, a mother left without her son and Tavis suffered a needless death, leaving his family and friends to grieve for him. They all have the sympathy of the court. No sentence of the court can compensate for that loss, and it should not be thought that the sentences I impose are in any sense an attempt to value Tavis’ life."

– His Honour Judge Martyn Levett

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