14 November 2019 18:33
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption A man who crushed a three-year-old boy to death with a car seat has been jailed. A man who crushed a three-year-old boy to death with a car seat has been jailed for more than seven years. Stephen Waterson, 26, inflicted irreversible brain injuries on Alfie Lamb, his girlfriend's son, who was in the footwell behind him in 2018. Justice Kerr said: "I do not find you were annoyed with Alfie and moved your seat back because of that annoyance." Described by police as "arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant", Waterson lied to detectives about what happened and threatened his girlfriend and two friends who were in his Audi convertible - along with a second child - on 1 February 2018. During her trial, prosecutors said Alfie was crying during the journey to Waterson's home after a shopping trip in Sutton, south London.
When he continued to moan, Waterson, who was in the front passenger seat, reversed his chair twice and said "I won't be told what to do by a three-year-old", Hoare told the jury. Image copyright Met Police Image caption At a trial in February, Mr Waterson told the court he only moved his seat back an inch, before moving forwards again Barmaid Emilie Williams, 20, who had been in the car with Waterson and Hoare, admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice after being threatened and "coerced" into lying by Waterson. How Verizon Media and our partners bring you better ad experiences To give you a better overall experience, we want to provide relevant ads that are more useful to you. A man has been jailed for crushing his girlfriend's young son to death with a car seat. Alfie Lamb, three, was squashed in the footwell of Stephen Waterson's Audi convertible after the 26-year-old reversed the electric car seat on 15 February last year.
In the earlier trial, jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mother moments before he was placed in the car for the journey back to Croydon, south London. The court heard how Waterson became annoyed by Alfie's crying and moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother's feet. When the boy continued to moan, Waterson reversed the seat and said: "I won't be told what to do by a three-year-old." Stephen Waterson, 26, repeatedly tried to absolve himself of blame after three-year-old Alfie Lamb was crushed to death by his car seat in the footwell of Waterson's Audi convertible on February 15 last year. Alfie's mother, Adrian Hoare, 24, from Gravesend in Kent, has already been found guilty of child cruelty and jailed for two years and nine months at the Old Bailey. Alfie was crushed to death by his car seat in the footwell of Waterson's Audi convertible (PA) More Both Waterson and Hoare had admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying to police.
Today, Stephen Waterson has been jailed for seven years and six months after he had earlier admitted to killing his girlfriend Adrian Hoare's son. Alfie died an agonising death as he was crushed after he was placed in the rear footwell of Waterson's Audi convertible. But police saw through his lies and in March Hoare was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty and assaulting another witness 19-year-old Emilie Williams. Ms Williams was in the car with Hoare and Waterson and the court heard her police interview, which said Waterson's seat "was right back... When Alfie sobbed he did not have enough space Waterson was alleged to have said: "I'm not being told what to do by a three-year-old," and pushed the seat back again 'in a fit of childish temper'. Ms Williams added that when the boy was lifted from the car by Waterson, he looked "pale" and was not moving. Waterson's own half-sister, Samantha Dawson, has now disowned her brother following Alfie's death and has revealed devastating details about the toddler's life in the months before his death. The 32-year-old from Blackpool, Lancashire, said: "Alfie was cute and I loved him. Then, four years ago, Samantha's step-uncle, Richard, had a relationship with Hoare and she gave birth to their son, Alfie. Hoare and Waterson had earlier admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying to police. Hoare was found guilty of child cruelty earlier this year and jailed for two years nine months.