A man described as “arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant” – has admitted crushing a 3-year-old boy to death with his car seat.
Stephen Waterson, 26, squashed Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible in what a judge said was a “selfish and cruel act” – while his mother Adrian Hoare looked on.
Afterwards, Waterson, the adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson, attempted to cover-up what he did.
He initially denied manslaughter and had been ordered to face a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict, but on Monday – ahead of his fresh trial – he changed his plea and admitted causing Alfie’s death by gross negligence.
At the end of May, Hoare, 24, from Gravesend in Kent, was found guilty of child cruelty and jailed for two years and nine months.
Both she and Waterson admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice by lying to police and Waterson was convicted of intimidating a witness, and Hoare of assaulting another witness.
It is the first time anyone in the UK has died from being crushed by an electronic car seat, police have said.
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