Friday 24 March 2017

Baby Finley 'had cocaine and cannabis in his system' when he was killed - court hears

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A 17-month-old boy was found to have cocaine and cannabis in his system when he was allegedly killed by his mother’s boyfriend, a court heard today.

Toddler Finley Thomas was allegedly beaten to death and forced against a chair in “senseless violence”, BBC News report.

His mother Chloe Thomas (25) became hooked on illegal drugs and diazepam during her “infatuation” with boyfriend Sean Buckley (28), the murder trial heard.

A post mortem examination on Finley's body showed he had the same drugs in his body.

Roger Thomas, prosecuting, told Cardiff crown court: "These two people were responsible for the care and upbringing of this child.

"Allowing him to suffer drug contamination is evidence of a lack of care and a lack of concern amounting to neglect."

Text messages between Thomas and Buckley were shown to the court that showed that Buckley had reportedly ran up drug debts from purchasing and selling cocaine and cannabis.

Prosecutor Roger Thomas said text messages sent from hospital by Thomas to Buckley hours after he allegedly attacked Finley showed her “infatuation” took priority over her responsibility for her baby.

The pair exchanged messages to “get their story straight” claiming Finley “fell down the stairs”.

Mr Thomas said: “It summarises her view of Buckley. She saw no wrong in him and she put the interest of her child second to that of Buckley, and ignored what was plainly in front of her eyes.

“It was said she had been a good mother, but her affection was subordinate to her desires for Mr Buckley.”

The court was also shown a collapsible chair found in the couple's garden, which Mr Thomas said was used to kill the infant.

He played a DVD to the court showing how the meshing on the chair matched up with marks found on the baby's scalp.

Mr Thomas said: “The death was caused by Buckley on a defenceless 17-month-old child, with what we claim was quite senseless violence, by shaking him and forcing him against a chair.

“We submit there was great tension in the household, over money, tension between each other over Buckley's habits, and claims about other women.

“Tensions had exploded. Chloe Thomas came out of the house and the only other person left is the crying child.”

After his death doctors found evidence of previous multiple bleeds and injuries to his head and spine which were consistent with “non accidental injury”.

Buckley denies murder.

He and girlfriend Thomas, both of Tonypandy, Rhondda, both deny cruelty to a young person under 16.

The trial expected to last five weeks continues at Cardiff Crown Court.

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