A 12-year-old boy killed his six-month-old baby brother by stabbing him 17 times and cutting off his left hand as he lay in his cot, a court was told today.
Bristol Crown Court was told how the youngster, who is now 13 years old and cannot be named for legal reasons, walked into a Bristol police station on January 19 last year and told officers he had stabbed his brother – then produced a kitchen knife.
Officers went round to the boy’s home in the city’s Withywood area to find the baby in his cot with multiple stab wounds.
Police found the mother of both boys downstairs, and she discovered the baby at the same time as the officers.
Today Mr Roderick Denyer QC, prosecuting, accepted the boy’s plea of guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. The teenager had denied murder.
The boy told police who interviewed that he did not know why he had done it.
“I went to the kitchen downstairs and I got the knife. I went upstairs to the bedroom and I walked to the cot. Then I stabbed (the baby) and I went downstairs, got changed, went out, walked around for a bit and then I came here (the police station).”
Mr Denyer said the boy continued: “When I got the knife I was thinking to hurt (the baby). I was in the room for a couple of minutes. I was aiming to hurt him. I don’t know why. I hurt the baby a couple of times.”
Court hearings had earlier been told how the boy had had an “appalling” upbringing.
Source: Daily Mail
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