Neil Usher secures murder conviction in ‘sadistic’ murder of an 8-month old baby

Following a 12-day trial, Neil Usher successfully prosecuted both parents in respect of the death of their 8-month old twin baby boy. Craig Dawick was convicted of murdering his son in a sustained assault on the child on 6 September last year. The trial judge, Sir John Royce, sentenced Dawick to a life sentence with a minimum term to serve of 21 years.

His partner, Chantelle Flynn was convicted of both counts that she faced – allowing the death of the child and perverting the course of justice. The jury found that she must have known how dangerous Dawick was, yet she allowed him to continue living in a house with five small children. She lied to police, ambulance staff and a consultant paediatrician who tried to establish what had occurred, claiming Dawick was not even present at the time of the murder. She will be sentenced at a later date.

The trial involved the calling of six expert witnesses into the cause of the child’s injuries and death.

Neil was instructed by David Graham at CPS Manchester.

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