Wednesday 18 October 2017

Dad admits killing son (1) and attempted murder of baby girl

Gabriel (1) was killed at his home while a young girl remains in a critical condition
Gabriel (1) was killed at his home while a young girl remains in a critical condition

A father has admitted killing his one-year-old son and trying to murder another young child.

Bidhya Sagar Das (33) attacked the toddlers at a flat in Wilberforce Road, near Finsbury Park, north London, on the evening of Saturday March 18.

A huge manhunt has been launched for Bidhya Sagar Das in connection with the attacks, which left one child dead and another fighting for her life. Met police handout
A huge manhunt has been launched for Bidhya Sagar Das in connection with the attacks, which left one child dead and another fighting for her life. Met police handout

The boy, Gabriel Bibekdas Sonu, died in the early hours of the following morning, while a girl was left fighting for her life.

Das, of Finsbury Park, was due to face trial next month for murder and attempted murder.

But at a brief hearing, he pleaded guilty to Gabriel's manslaughter by diminished responsibility and the attempted murder of the other child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones said that in light of psychiatric reports, the pleas were accepted.

The defendant was assisted in the dock by a Bengali interpreter.

Sentencing was adjourned until October 12.

Mr Justice Spencer said options include a discretionary life sentence, a hospital order with indefinite restrictions, or a hybrid order.

The senior judge, sitting at the Old Bailey, asked for an update on the condition of the surviving child before the next hearing.

He told the defendant: "Your case is going to be adjourned now for sentence on Thursday October 12. Until then you will be remanded in custody. You will go back to hospital as before."

Das gave away no emotion as he sat in the dock.

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