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Stephen Waterson, the adopted son of former Deputy Nigel Waterson, killed Alfie Lamb in 2018 in what police said was the first case of crushing asphyxiation as a result of an electronic car seat.
The son of a former government minister who killed his girlfriend’s boy with a car seat was jailed for seven years and six months by a judge who described him as “cunning and manipulative.”
Stephen Waterson killed Alfie by pushing his car seatback
Alfie was in the space for the rear feet of an Audi A4 convertible when Waterson moved his electric seat back twice in what prosecutors said was a “bad temper attack.” The helpless boy was crushed and suffered a heart attack when the group returned from a shopping trip in South London last February. He died in the hospital three days later, when his life support was disconnected.
Judge Mr Justice Kerr called Waterson “cunning, manipulative, threatening and controlling” when he jailed him today. Waterson will be eligible for probation after serving half of his sentence, which means he could be free in less than four years.
Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare jailed for two years
Alfie’s mother, Adrian Hoare, 24, was previously exempt from involuntary manslaughter but was convicted of child cruelty.
She was imprisoned for two years and nine months for not protecting her son, who pleaded ‘Mom, Mom’ when he was crushed. Today in court, Judge Mr. Justice Kerr told Waterson: “I can’t find you were upset with Alfie and moved your seat back because of that inconvenience.” But he said he was pleased to have moved his car seat twice “for his own comfort.”
He also accepted references to characters from Waterson’s parents, who attended the court, and agreed that “not everything was bad.” In disguise after Alfie’s death, Judge Kerr told Waterson: “ He organized a campaign of lies, assisted by Mrs. Hoare, who had the misfortune to fall in love with you and was willing to lie to protect himself same. ”
Waterson got five years and six months for the manslaughter and further two years for intimidation.
He had faced a retrial after a jury at his first trial failed to reach a verdict. But before the retrial could begin, he admitted manslaughter by gross negligence.
Alfie Lamb’s grandmother Janis Templeton-Hoare
Alfie Lamb’s grandmother Janis Templeton-Hoare, 53, has previously said Waterson had ruined her grandson’s life after starting a relationship with her daughter, Adrian Hoare.
She told MailOnline: ‘Stephen is one nasty, nasty boy. I hated him from the moment I met him. He’s a wannabe gangster.’
CCTV showed little Alfie having to run to keep up with Waterson and Hoare during the shopping trip before he was killed
One of Hoare’s friends, waitress Emilie Williams, 20, admitted to conspiring to pervert the course of justice after Waterson threatened her and forced her to lie to the police. Williams, who is pregnant and must give birth in January, was sentenced today to five months in prison suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work, which will be completed after giving birth.
Williams was in the car with Hoare, Waterson and Marcus Lamb, 22, as well as another little boy, at the time of the fatal incident. According to reports, Waterson and Hoare had been buying cushions in Sutton, south London. After the death of his son, Hoare finally broke the silence and told his half-sister, Ashleigh Jeffrey, what happened in a recorded conversation delivered to the police.
But Waterson blamed Mr Lamb, whom he regarded as a stepbrother, for being a ‘grass’ and put his foot on his head during a violent assault in Crystal Palace Park, which was filmed on his mobile phone. Jurors in the first trial were told that Waterson was a controlling womaniser who also had a violent temper, with three previous convictions for attacking an ex-girlfriend and his sister’s husband. Giving evidence earlier this year, he denied he would hurt a child and said he moved his seat back once by up to an inch. A serious case review of authorities’ contact with Alfie is being carried out by Medway Safeguarding Children Board in Kent.