Friday, 22 May 2009

Baby P mother and stepfather jailed for toddler's death

Baby P's mother was jailed indefinitely today for causing or allowing her son's death, as an official report said the killing "could and should have been prevented".
The mother was told she would serve at least five years. "You are a manipulative and self-centred person, with a calculating side as well as a temper," the judge, Stephen Kramer, told Baby P's mother at the Old Bailey.
"I am satisfied that you acted selfishly because your priority was your relationship with [your boyfriend]."
The boyfriend, 32, was given a 12-year sentence by the judge for his role in the killing of Baby P, now named as Peter; and a concurrent life sentence with a minimum of 10 years for raping a two-year-old girl.
Jason Owen, 37, from Bromley, south-east London, a lodger at the same home as the pair, was given an indeterminate sentence and told he would serve a minimum of three years.
Due to the time the mother has already served in custody she could be eligible for parole in August 2012.
Children's charity the NSPCC criticised the minimum terms for the mother and Owen as being too short. "It raises the question of how bad the abuse has to be before offenders get a longer minimum time in prison," said the NSPCC chief executive, Andrew Flanagan.
The indeterminate sentences mean Peter's mother and Owen could be eligible for parole after serving the minimum tariff, but only if they satisfy authorities that they no longer pose a risk to the public.

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