Friday, November 15, 2019

'Arrogant' former minister's son jailed over toddler Alfie Lamb's car seat death

The "arrogant" son of former Government minister Nigel Waterson has been jailed for the manslaughter of his girlfriend's infant son.

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.

Waterson, described by police as being "arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant", subsequently sought to distance himself from the death and lying to police as the prospect of a conviction loomed.

He was jailed for seven years and six months at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

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.

Jurors were initially unable to reach a verdict on Waterson's culpability, but he subsequently changed his plea to guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence on the day of his retrial.

Both Waterson and Hoare had admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying to police.

Waterson was also convicted of intimidating a witness and Hoare of assaulting another witness.

It is the first time anyone in the UK has died from crush asphyxiation as a result of an electronic car seat, police said.