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Lesley Speed killed Archie Spriggs at his home in Church Stretton two years ago on the day of a family court custody hearing and is now serving a life sentence for murder.
Lesley Speed killed Archie Spriggs
Lesley Speed strangled her seven-year-old son Archie Spriggs who had plucked up the courage to tell his father she was hurting him before he died but complaints to social services did not save him, his inquest heard today
The father of a seven-year-old boy strangled by his mother begged the social services to protect his son four years earlier, but he was ‘repeatedly fired’ until weeks before he was killed, he told his little son’s investigation today.
The seven-year-old was killed by Lesley Speed at their home at Wall-under-Heywood, near Church Stretton, on September 21, 2017. https://t.co/LizfzoO8c8
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Matthew Spriggs told Shrewsbury Coroner’s Court today that he had called the Shropshire County Council in 2013, 2014 and 2017 about the bruises Archie suffered and finally when the seven-year-old boy told him about ‘various types of abuse and neglect’ by part of his mother. In the months leading up to the murder, he claimed to have told social workers: ‘What will it take for them to investigate? Bruises? Broken bones? Or that they kill my son? and supposedly they said: “It won’t come to that.”
In a statement read to the court by his lawyer, Spriggs said he still could not understand the actions of his former partner. Speaking about an incident in 2013: ‘He (Archie) told me that he had been held and shaken by her. I informed the social services that I had photographic evidence of their injuries, but they didn’t try to take this away from me. ”
An investigation, which began Monday and is expected to last two weeks, told him that Speed, who was taking care of Archie at his home in Rushbury, near Church Stretton, Shropshire, is serving a life sentence after being convicted of murder in March 2018 In his evidence of the investigation, Spriggs said his concerns were not taken seriously, and that he had phoned social services in the months leading up to Archie’s death saying he feared they would not take any action unless he was killed.
Mr. Spriggs, who said he was “not going to get there,” also says that Archie’s school did not take his concerns seriously. His statement to the investigation added: ‘In 2014 I returned to inform Shropshire social services after bruises appeared on Archie’s body, but the social services did not seem to conduct any investigation. “ During the semester of May 2017, Archie revealed to me and my wife, on separate occasions, about various types of abuse and neglect to which she was subjected at her mother’s house. ‘I reported all this to Shropshire social services. ‘After several minutes of waiting, they told me that social services would not investigate, as there was no reason to investigate since their previous investigation had not shown any level of threat.
Fast Facts You Need To Know
- Lesley Speed killed Archie Spriggs on day of family custody hearing in 2017
- Father Matthew said weeks earlier Archie told him of mum’s ‘abuse and neglect’
- He told son’s inquest he told social services: ‘What is it going to take for you to investigate? Bruises? Broken bones? Or my son to be killed by her?’
- Mr Spriggs said today he complained about his care in 2013, 2014 and 2017