British baby murderer jailed for life

A man from Gateshead in England who murdered a two-month-old baby after a series of attacks has been jailed for life today.

Karl Walker (aged 24) of Durham Road, Gateshead, killed Logan Ormston, while the baby's mother Courtney Ormston (aged 20) failed to protect her child.

In the early hours of Saturday, March 19, 2011, Logan was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead with serious injuries.

He died at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, the next day. A post-mortem examination established the cause of his death was a head injury.

Walker was arrested and charged with murder and was convicted by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.

His girlfriend Ormston was convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for two years.

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, the senior investigating officer, said: "Logan Ormston died because the people who should have been protecting him completely failed him.

"Instead of caring for him he suffered at their hands, and ultimately met his death.

"Our thoughts remain with Logan's father and grandparents and the rest of his family who have lost him in such awful circumstances and we hope they are now able to attempt to move on with their lives.

"I'd like to thank everyone involved in what has been a harrowing investigation for their commitment to ensuring those responsible were brought to justice."

After the hearing Logan's father Mickey Rathbone, said: "Logan's death has affected me badly. I put my trust in these people to look after my son and this happened, it's left me feeling angry and disappointed.

"This shouldn't have to happen to anybody, no-one should have to go through this.

"It's been hard to cope. I find it hard to go out and see friends, especially those who've got children, as I miss Logan so much and can't believe he's gone. I want to go back to work but haven't been able to as it's too upsetting. I keep asking myself why this had to happen to me."

Outside court Paul Simpson, acting head of the Complex Casework Unit for CPS North East, said: "We are satisfied with the life sentence passed on Karl Walker today.

"It is unthinkable that a person could wish any form of harm to an innocent baby, but Walker carried out a series of assaults on Logan Ormston over a number of weeks, culminating in the final violent attack which took his life.

"While Courtney Ormston did not participate directly in these attacks, she made little effort to protect her own son from Walker's cruel and cowardly actions, making her conviction for allowing the death of a child entirely appropriate.

"Our deepest sympathies lie with those who may have known and loved Logan over the course of his short life and we hope that this sentence brings some measure of closure to them."

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