The parents of a ‘beautiful’ baby boy have today been jailed for their roles in the three-month-old’s death.
Ah’Kiell Walker died in July 2016 after he was found soaking wet and freezing at a property in Gloucestershire.
His parents Hannah Henry and Alistair Walker were today sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for their part in his death .
Henry will serve a four-year sentence for causing or allowing the death of a child and two years concurrent for cruelty to a child.
Walker will serve 10 years for manslaughter and three years concurrently for cruelty to a person under 16, Gloucestershire Live reports.
The court heard that he continues to reject the jury’s guilty verdict, insisting Ah’Kiell was a victim of cot death.
The little three-month-old was injured by his dad, a five week trial at Bristol Crown Court heard, and “beyond saving” when paramedics arrived at the couple’s Gloucester home on July 30 2016.
What killed him was a fatal brain injury, the cause of which had been examined by various experts throughout the trial proceedings.
“Was it partial drowning, was it partial shaking?” judge Sir Royce said to Walker.
“You know, but you have decided you will not reveal what you did.
“You thought if you denied everything you would get away with it. But the jury was not to be fooled by you.”
Walker, who turned 28 days after the jury returned their verdicts on May 10, was convicted of manslaughter and cruelty to a person under 16.
Henry was cleared of the most serious charge but found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and the same cruelty charge as her boyfriend. She was jailed for four years.
Walker’s solicitor revealed his client rejects the jury’s guilty verdict and claims his son died from cot death.
The judge said the couple had a “strange and strained relationship,” with Walker gambling away Henry’s benefit money, being violent to her and seeing other women.
He described internet searches made on Walker’s phone including ‘jailed father locked up after baby’s ribs broken’ as “revealing”.
“It is clear to me on the evidence you Mr Walker broke Ah’Kiell’s ribs,” said judge Sir Royce.
“On the medical evidence that would have taken considerable and inappropriate force. Ah’Kiell would have screamed in pain for some minutes.”
The judge said he was satisfied Walker broke Henry’s jaw in February 2015: “She went spinning into the road and you went off unconcerned,” he said.
Ah’Kiell Walker: The full timeline
July 2014: Hannah Henry and Alistair Walker meet through a friend and get together, splitting from their partners
Walker breaks Henry’s jaw by punching her in the street
Henry has a miscarriage with Walker’s baby. Walker admits around this period he wasn’t faithful to her
Ah’Kiell is conceived
April 3, 2016
Ah’Kiell is born healthy. Henry posts regular pictures and videos on Facebook
Between May and June 2016
Four of Ah’Kiell’s ribs are fractured with “excessive force” according to Dr Alan Sprigg. He also had a fractured shoulder, which the witness judged to be more recent.
June 13 (In middle of timespan Dr Sprigg said ribs could have been broken)
Walker’s phone used to carry out search ‘Think baby’s belly popped’. Others were found such as ‘Losing your temper with a baby can be OK’ and ‘shaken baby syndrome’- which was looked at for one and a half minutes
Henry tells a friend she wants to leave Walker
July 16, 2016
Walker and Henry have a long messaging conversation. He tells her that the other girls mean nothing and claims she’s ‘needy’
July 24, 2016
Police attend the home of Walker and Henry to reports of a disturbance. Screams heard by a neighbour. Henry said Walker dashed a lighter in her face and smashed an ashtray, but he dismisses it as a minor argument. Officers found nothing wrong and left
Morning of July 29, 2016
Henry said she gave Ah’Kiell a bath while Walker was at the gym
Afternoon of July 29, 2016
Walker and Henry goes to The Money Shop in Gloucester and get £120 for a gold chain. Henry appeared desperate for extra money according to the shop worker and pleased for another £2. Walker took the money to the betting shop and lost £60 of it.
Night of July 29, 2016
Neighbour Kim Downer hears a child screaming from the house, not as intense as the previous evening. Henry said thus is when she had a bath and shaved her legs
July 30, 2016
Walker says he is upstairs with Ah’Kiell throughout the morning, mostly asleep, while Henry said she was downstairs for much of it messaging her grandmother about money
July 30, 2016, around 4am
Walker checks Ah’Kiell after sex with Henry and gives him a bottle. She says she did not see this happen
July 30, 2016, 8.22am
Henry sends a message to her grandmother Margaret saying: ‘I cant do another day.
July 30, 2016, 8.56am
Phone searches are made for obtaining credit
July 30, around 10am
Henry is alerted to something being wrong with Ah’Kiell by Walker
July 30 2016, 10.05am
Henry makes a 999 call. Paramedic Gary Mills is first on the scene
After their arrival: Paramedics try different apparatus to get Ah’Kiell breathing. They have little success and he is rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Walker goes in the ambulance. Henry gets her things ready and walks there. Baby is transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit at Bristol Childrens Hospital
July 30 2016, 12.35pm
DC Ashley Bailey went to the family room at the hospital, met with Walker and Henry. He invited them to come outside and they were arrested in the back of a vehicle
Ah’Kiell found to have an unsurvivable brain injury. Henry and Walker were taken to see him and they were told the machines were going to be switched off. Ah’Kiell died that day at 1.44pm
Walker and Henry appear in court charged with child cruelty
January 6, 2017
Walker and Henry appear at Bristol Crown Court charged with manslaughter
June 7, 2017
The couple go on trial but the case is adjourned
April 12, 2018
A new trial begins at Bristol Crown Court. Walker and Henry plead not guilty to manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of a child and cruelty to a person under 16
May 9, 2018
Verdicts are delivered against both defendants
Walker wrote a letter to the judge ahead of today’s hearing, in which the court heard he complained about several things including the trial process. His barrister Jeminipe Akin-Olugbade said: “It is clear from the pre-sentence report Mr Walker does not accept the verdict of the guilt of the jury.
“Nonetheless that’s his position and we submit and do not seek to go behind that in any things we say on his behalf.”
He said Dr Alan Sprigg’s evidence was clear the perpetrator of the broken ribs would have known they used excessive force but not that they had caused a break or fracture.
“Going on to the incident itself, as soon as Ah’Kiell showed any signs of distress, 999 was called,” said Mr Akin-Olugbade.
“Concern could be heard in his voice. It shows no callousness on his part.”
Henry’s counsel Richard Jory passed up two letters from her grandmothers to the judge, certificates of achievement while she has been in custody and a letter from a fellow inmate.
“By the nature of this case she has lost a child,” said Mr Jory.
“The effect of all of this is devastating personally. Her life will never be the same.”
He told the court, with seven jurors from the trial present and several members of the defendants’ families, Henry was “looking for a stable relationship and looked in the wrong place.”
However, the judge said he believed the young mother knew more about what happened to Ah’Kiell than she was letting on.
He said Walker “led them (the paramedics) up the garden path” when they were treating his son and hadn’t told the truth.
“He has lost that child. It is his first born son,” said Mr Akin-Olugbade.
“He will not ever be able to get over that. If the jury verdict is right he one day will have to cope with the reality that he killed his own child.”
He added: “It was a brief momentary loss of temper under stressful circumstances.”
Addressing Henry, whose address is Archdeacon Street, Gloucester where Ah’Kiell fell ill, the judge said she was obsessed with Walker and had tried to protect him through the trial.
“I accept you were manipulated and controlled by him but you knew his temper,” said the judge. “You had been on the receiving end when he broke your jaw. He punched a door in temper in the past. You knew in your words ‘he was horrible to Ah’Kiell’.”
“Time and time again you put your obsession with him ahead of your duty to protect your son.”
The trial heard how Ah’Kiell was soaking wet and freezing cold when paramedics arrived on July 30 2016. A day later he was dead.
Walker, of Sheldon Court, London, showed no emotion and scratched his beard as he was sentenced to ten years for manslaughter and three years to run concurrently for cruelty.
Henry wiped away tears when the judge told her she had lost her child. She then looked across at her family in the public gallery.
She will spend four years in prison after being found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child. A two year sentence will run concurrently for the charge of cruelty to a person under 16.
The judge will forward a request from the member of the public for a bench in Gloucester, as a memorial to Ah’Kiell, to the city’s High Sheriff.
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