Dead girl, five, tortured by stepmother for being ‘too beautiful’

A STEPMOTHER was jailed yesterday for torturing and abusing a five-year-old girl who was “too beautiful”.

Annastacia Williams was found dying of head injuries at the bottom of stairs after arriving in Britain from Jamaica to live with her father. She hoped to find a better life in Islington, north London, with Ken Williams, 31, and his new partner, Christine Green, 25. But jealous Green hit the little girl and tormented her with a fork, the Old Bailey was told.

She died nine months later in September, last year, from brain damage which Green said had been caused by a fall.

Green, who taunted and abused the little girl who called her mummy, was jailed for four years for two offences of child cruelty.

Williams, who like Green worked as a cleaner, was jailed for two years for two offences of neglect after failing to stop the abuse. The jury found Green not guilty of murder but failed to agree on a charge of manslaughter against her, which was yesterday ordered to lie on file.

Richard Horwell, prosecuting, told the trial: “Green repeatedly said to Williams that Annastacia was too beautiful to be his child and another man must have been her father.”

She said she witnessed Green’s cruelty. “She was brushing Annastacia’s teeth in the bathroom. She was brushing very hard and Annastacia’s mouth began to bleed.

“She threw some hot water into her face. Annastacia was crying.”

Mrs Richards said Annastacia was happy when she or Williams were around but became sad “as soon as Christine was there”.

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