man accused of murdering his companion’s toddler as soon as “smashed up” their house with a hammer after taking Xanax, a courtroom heard.
Sinead James, 30, who’s accused of inflicting or permitting the loss of life of her two-year-old daughter, described the time her companion Kyle Bevan went on a drug-fuelled rampage round their house in south-west Wales.
Bevan, 31, from Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, is charged with murdering Lola James, who died on July 21 2020.
He received a hammer and hit my mild switches in my kitchen. He smashed my home up
Carrying all black, James, from Neyland, Pembrokeshire, gave proof all through Tuesday morning at Swansea Crown Court docket.
She mentioned she met Bevan on Fb, and he moved into her house in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, across the time of the primary lockdown in March 2020.
James mentioned they obtained advantages, which they spent on “meals, alcohol and medicines”.
She mentioned that on Might 14 2021, Bevan started “smashing up” her house after taking Xanax.
James advised the courtroom she took Lola and her different two daughters – who can not legally be named – to a good friend’s house at round 10.30pm to cease them from seeing the destruction.
She mentioned: “He received a hammer and hit my mild switches in my kitchen. He smashed my home up.
“He was in my face so I pushed him away from me. He was having a go at me.”
James mentioned that Bevan felt “ashamed” the following day, and agreed “to not take medication in the home”.
The mother-of-three mentioned that after they first met, Bevan had advised her he was “an outdated spice-head, however he didn’t take them any extra”, however that he often took amphetamines, Xanax and hashish.
She added that he wouldn’t take medication in the identical room as her kids, and that she had been “lifeless towards” medication but in addition started taking amphetamines whereas with Bevan.
Underneath cross-examination, James added that Bevan had by no means acted violently in direction of her or her kids, other than on one event the place he bruised her arm after grabbing it whereas trying to take her telephone throughout an argument.
She mentioned her relationship with Bevan was “completely completely different” from the allegedly abusive relationship she had together with her earlier companion, after which she started taking medicine for anxiousness and melancholy.
James mentioned Bevan was “actually good” together with her kids and she or he by no means apprehensive about him hurting them.
She mentioned: “He would cook dinner them dinner and do issues for them.
“He preferred shopping for them a great deal of stuff that they didn’t want however he simply needed to deal with them.”
James cried as she described Lola, telling the courtroom: “She was a stunning little lady.
“She was stuffed with beans – so cute and vigorous. I couldn’t ask for a greater daughter.”
James mentioned Lola had been accident-prone, often falling over and bruising her shins, and she or he had tried to get her examined for ADHD.
Lola died on July 21 2020 of “catastrophic” head trauma, having suffered 101 exterior accidents and intensive injury to each her eyes. Her mind accidents had been in contrast with these present in automobile crash victims.
Bevan claims the household canine brought about the accidents by pushing her down the steps.