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Adopted son of former Tory minister is jailed for killing four-year-old Alfie Lamb

‘I hope he rots in prison’: Grandmother of Alfie Lamb hits out at his killer’s jail term – which could see him free in less than FOUR YEARS

  • Stephen Waterson slammed car seat back into Alfie Lamb after shopping trip
  • Little Alfie collapsed from catastrophic injuries and died three days later
  • He is a violent criminal who had started a relationship with youngster’s mother
  • The adopted son of a former minister was told jailed for manslaughter 

Stephen Waterson, the adopted son of a former government minister, has been jailed for killing Alfie Lamb, the son of his girlfriend, by crushing him beneath a car seat

Stephen Waterson, the adopted son of a former government minister, has been jailed for killing Alfie Lamb, the son of his girlfriend, by crushing him beneath a car seat

The ‘wannabe gangster’ son of an ex-government minister has been jailed for seven and a half years for crushing three-year-old Alfie Lamb to death with his car seat. 

Stephen Waterson squashed his girlfriend’s son ‘at the touch of a button’ as the youngster cried on their way back from a shopping trip in south London. 

Alfie was in the footwell of the Audi A4 convertible when ‘arrogant’ Waterson – the adopted son of a former government minister Nigel Waterson – twice moved his electric seat back, in what prosecutors said was a ‘fit of childish temper’. 

The helpless boy was crushed and suffered a heart attack. He died in hospital three days later when his life support was switched off.

Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare , 24, has already been cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty. 

She was jailed for two years and nine months for failing to protect her son who pleaded ‘Mummy, Mummy’ as he was crushed. 

A serious case review of authorities’ contact with Alfie is being carried out by Medway Safeguarding Children Board in Kent after Waterson admitted manslaughter by gross negligence earlier this year.

Alfie collapsed and stopped breathing after he was crushed beneath Waterson's car seat

Alfie collapsed and stopped breathing after he was crushed beneath Waterson’s car seat

Alfie's grandmother Janis Templeton-Hoare, today slammed the jail term

Waterson after his arrest

Alfie’s grandmother Janis Templeton-Hoare, today slammed the jail term

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

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

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

Judge Mr Justice Kerr told Waterson: ‘I do not find you were annoyed with Alfie and moved your seat back because of that annoyance.’

But he said he was satisfied he moved his car seat back twice ‘for your own comfort’.

He accepted character references from Waterson’s parents, who attended court, and agreed he was ‘not all bad’.

But he added he was ‘cunning, manipulative, threatening, and controlling’.

Waterson got five years and six months for the manslaughter and further two years for intimidation. 

Jurors in the earlier trial were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mother moments before he was put in the car for the journey back to Croydon, south London. 

Once in the vehicle, Waterson had pushed his seat back onto him, causing catastrophic injuries.  

By the time they arrived at Waterson’s home in Croydon, the little boy had stopped breathing. 

Alfie was in the footwell behind the passenger seat of this Audi when he was fatally injured

Alfie was in the footwell behind the passenger seat of this Audi when he was fatally injured

CCTV showed little Alfie having to run to keep up with Waterson and Hoare during the shopping trip before he was killed

CCTV showed little Alfie having to run to keep up with Waterson and Hoare during the shopping trip before he was killed

As medics desperately tried to revive him, Waterson fled the scene and Hoare spun a web of lies to protect her boyfriend, claiming she had been in a taxi.

Alfie, nicknamed ‘Little Tarzan’ by the defendants, died from crush asphyxia three days later.

Alfie Lamb’s grandmother Janis Templeton-Hoare, 53, 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. 

One of Hoare’s friend, barmaid Emilie Williams, 20, had admitted conspiring to pervert the course of justice after being threatened and ‘coerced’ into lying to police by Waterson.

Williams, who is pregnant and due to give birth in January, was sentenced to five months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work, to be completed after she gives birth.

Adopted by a loving couple, but killer grew into a ‘wannabe gangster’ whose chaotic lifestyle  led to Alfie’s death

One of eight children born to the same mother, Waterson and his siblings were all put up for adoption. Yet he failed to take advantage of the opportunities his wealthy, well-connected adoptive parents offered him and his younger sister.

He was placed with lawyer Nigel Waterson, MP for Eastbourne, and his lecturer wife, Dr Barbara Judge. They had a five-bed house in Beckenham, south London, a Grade II-listed thatched cottage in East Sussex and holidayed in the South of France.

But school friends remember an ‘angry young man’ with a ‘massive chip on his shoulder’. 

At a young age, Stephen Waterson was taken in by Tory MP Nigel Waterson - but it failed to deter him from a life of crime and violence

At a young age, Stephen Waterson was taken in by Tory MP Nigel Waterson – but it failed to deter him from a life of crime and violence

He boasted about how ‘powerful’ his parents were and used their wealth to impress women, having at least two daughters by two different mothers.

Stephen’s time living with the Watersons failed turn him into a law-abiding citizen, and he has lived a life peppered by incidents of violence.

He attacked one victim in 2014 over a debt of money the man’s wife owed him, and later set upon an ex-girlfriend when she accused him of cheating on her.

Former Conservative minister Nigel Waterson and Barbara Judge attended court for an earlier hearing

Former Conservative minister Nigel Waterson and Barbara Judge attended court for an earlier hearing

As Waterson grew, he adopted a gangster persona, all slang and South London swagger. There was regular trouble with the police and three convictions for assault, two against a former girlfriend.

Friends say Hoare changed after meeting Waterson and put her son Alfie second for fear of upsetting her ‘controlling’ new boyfriend.

Schoolfriend Alicia Midgeley said: ‘He was always very annoyed with Alfie. He had a very short temper with him. Sometimes he would slap him and throw him on to the sofa.

‘But Adrian kept her mouth shut. She told Alfie: ‘Do as you’re told or Stephen is going to get mad’.’

Waterson is said to have worked in a south-London bar and would demand Hoare meet him at all times of the night and day.

Their chaotic lifestyle meant Alfie had no routine and was often out with his mother and Waterson in his car late into the night.

Miss Midgeley said: ‘She would take him out in Stephen’s car and just go and sit in a car park doing God knows what. A normal parent would be sitting at home with their child in bed, looking after them.’

Witnesses said Waterson was 'always annoyed' with Alfie and would often slap him and throw him on the sofa

Witnesses said Waterson was ‘always annoyed’ with Alfie and would often slap him and throw him on the sofa

 

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