Drug addict guilty of murdering 15-month-old baby after sustained campaign of 'sadistic' abuse
A cocaine-using former caretaker who left his girlfriend’s infant son with swollen black eyes amid a campaign of ‘sadistic’ abuse which included renaming his bedroom ‘the torture chamber’ has been found guilty of his murder.
Drug addict Jake Drummond, 33, who would smoke 10 or 15 cannabis spliffs a day, fatally shook and hit 15-month-old Jacob Lennon early on August 27 2019, leaving him with a face like a ‘panda’, the Old Bailey heard.
Five days before the killing, Drummond sent her a sinister message saying he was putting Jacob into the ‘torture chamber’, in reference to his bedroom,.
It followed a meme of the Hollywood actor Ben Stiller in the film Happy Gilmore with the quote: ‘Now you will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep.’
In another message, Lennon referred to Jacob as looking like ‘a little madman’ because of his bruises.
The pair had denied wrongdoing and blamed each other for Jacob’s horrific injuries.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Drummond was found guilty of murder and wounding Jacob with intent.
Lennon, 32, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child having earlier admitted child cruelty.
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