A man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Alfie Lamb who was crushed to death by a car seat.
Stephen Waterson, 26, admitted to killing the three-year-old son of his girlfriend Adrian Hoare at an appearance at the Old Bailey this afternoon.
A jury was unable to reach a verdict on the same charge in a trial which ended in March.
Alfie was killed in February 2018 when he was fatally crushed after being placed in the rear footwell of Waterson’s Audi convertible.
He collapsed by the time the car reached Croydon and died in hospital three days later.
Afterwards, Waterson, adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson, orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death.
In March Alfie’s mother, Adrian Hoare, was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty and assaulting another witness 19-year-old Emilie Williams.
Hoare and Williams had been in the Audi along with Waterson and Marcus Lamb when Alfie was fatally crushed.
They had been on a shopping trip in Sutton.
Jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mum moments before he was put in the car.
In a police interview played to the court, 19-year-old Ms Williams said Waterson’s seat “was right back… because he said he had to stretch his legs right out”.
“Alfie was kicking the chair, asking him to move it forward” but apart from shifting it “for a few seconds”, Waterson refused, the jury heard.
It was alleged Waterson, a nightclub worker, became annoyed at Alfie’s crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother’s feet.
When Alfie sobbed he did not have enough space Waterson was alleged to have said: “I’m not being told what to do by a three-year-old,” and pushed the seat back again ‘in a fit of childish temper’.
Despite Alfie’s distress, Hoare said the boy was “getting himself worked up” and she told him to “shut up”, Ms Williams said.
Ms Williams added that when the boy was lifted from the car by Waterson, he looked “pale” and was not moving.
Afterwards Waterson orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death which included selling the car and pressuring witnesses to lie.
As police closed in, Waterson gave officers a false name and false statement, and sold the Audi.
He threatened to make Hoare and the other witnesses “disappear” if they did not stick with their fake stories.
Hoare eventually broke her silence and told her half sister Ashleigh Jeffrey what happened in a taped conversation handed to police.
But Waterson blamed Mr Lamb, who he regarded as a step brother, for being a “grass” and put his foot on his head during a violent assault in Crystal Palace Park which was filmed on his mobile phone.
Ahead of his fresh trial, Waterson, of Croydon, changed his plea and admitted Alfie’s manslaughter by gross negligence.
As part of his basis for entering a guilty plea to manslaughter, Waterson maintained he only pushed the seat back one time.
A pathologist found Alfie died from crush asphyxia caused by the car seat.
The injuries he had suffered are more typically seen in a road traffic accidents.
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The man believed to be Alfie’s father, Hoare’s ex Richard Lamb, was jailed for three years in April 2017 for arson after setting fire to the flat where she and Alfie were living.
Hoare is currently serving two years behind bars.
Waterson will be sentenced a week today.DailyMirror
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