Tributes paid to Kilburn murder victim

Barry Smith, 48, was discovered dead in the grounds of Kilburn Miners' Welfare.
Barry Smith, 48, was discovered dead in the grounds of Kilburn Miners' Welfare.

The family of a well-loved ‘Gypsy man’ have paid tribute to him, after he was discovered dead in the grounds of Kilburn Miners Welfare Club.

Barry Smith’s body was found by a passer-by at around 8.30am on Sunday, October 6, in the grounds of the social club on Chapel Street.

The 48-year-old is believed to have been murdered.

Today the family of the Kilburn dad-of-four, of Mayfield Avenue, have released a statement paying tribute to him.

It reads: “Well liked and respected Gypsy man Barry Smith leaves brother, sister and four children and three grandchildren.

“Originally from Armthorpe in Doncaster, he resided in Kilburn where he has been attacked and killed over the weekend.

“Barry was well loved and respected in all communities and around the country.

“His family would like to thank everyone for the kind words of condolence received and thank Derbyshire Constabulary for the ongoing support.

“We now wish to be left in peace to grieve.”

Two people charged in connection with Barry Smith are to face court dates in October.

Vincent and Pamela Aitken, both of Chapel Street, Kilburn, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court and were remanded in prison custody to appear again on October 23.

No bail application was made.

Vincent Aitken, 43, is charged with the murder of Mr Smith - aged 48.

Pamela Aitken is charged with assisting an offender.

Two further suspects, Emma Aitken, 18, and Nathan Doherty, 27, of Portland Street, Derby, appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 9 and were remanded to appear at Nottingham Crown Court today.

They have both been charged with murder.