senior police officer has described the investigation into the demise of 15-month-old Jacob Lennon as “distressing and emotional” and the “saddest” of his 30-year profession.
Jacob suffered a listing of “merciless and sadistic” accidents over a interval of three weeks by the hands of his mom’s boyfriend Jake Drummond.
Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley mentioned the deadly head wound was the “equal of being dropped from a primary ground constructing”.
All through the abuse, Drummond and Jacob’s mom Louise Lennon had “trivialised” the little boy’s struggling in messages to one another.
This can be a horrific case during which Jacob, who was a 15-month-old child, was subjected to some horrific accidents which might be actually terrible and merciless
The “despicable” couple, from Wandsworth, south London, even included laughing emojis as they joked a few “torture room” and Jacob wanting like a “little mad man”.
Following a trial, drug addict Drummond, 33, was discovered responsible of homicide and wounding Jacob with intent.
Lennon, 32, was discovered responsible of inflicting or permitting the demise of a kid having admitted little one cruelty.
On Friday, Drummond was jailed for all times with a minimal time period of 32 years and Lennon was sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
Talking afterwards, Mr Jolley, from the Met’s specialist crime unit, mentioned the case was “by far, probably the most troublesome, probably the most unhappy” of his 30-year profession.
He advised the PA information company: “This was a really emotional and distressing case over a three-year interval, and to convey these accountable, Drummond and Lennon, to justice for Jacob means every thing to us.
“That is extraordinarily uncommon. In my 30 years of service, this was a extremely distressing and emotional case for all of these concerned.
“This can be a horrific case during which Jacob, who was a 15-month-old child, was subjected to some horrific accidents which might be actually terrible and merciless.
“There have been over 20 particular person accidents to his physique on the time of his demise. One of the crucial important accidents was the damage to his genitalia, which was merciless and sadistic in its personal proper.
“Jacob’s eventual reason behind demise was a big head damage. He had been subjected to assaults over a three-week interval by Drummond, and Louise Lennon would have been absolutely conscious, as mom of that little one, that these accidents have been important and required medical help.”
Jacob’s accidents have been so unhealthy that when he was ultimately seen in hospital, medical professionals described him as having “panda eyes”.
After Jacob’s demise on August 27 2019, Mr Jolley mentioned the defendants spun a “internet of lies” and produced a “actually deceitful” account of what had occurred.
The people Drummond and Lennon have been fairly despicable of their actions
“Drummond has mainly tried to persuade people who Jacob had fallen out of his cot on a number of events and on the morning of the twenty seventh that he had heard a squeal and acquired into the the bed room to search out Jacob on the ground,” he mentioned.
“Clearly this was not right as a result of the pathologist indicated that Jacob had clearly been lifeless for a minimum of a few hours.
“So between him and Lennon, they concocted a narrative earlier than phoning for the London Ambulance Service.”
Nevertheless, messages exchanged between Drummond and Lennon advised a really completely different story.
Mr Jolley mentioned: “The investigation staff uncovered a number of messages between Drummond and Lennon across the accidents that Jacob suffered.
“They sought to trivialise the accidents, they described placing Jacob into the ‘torture chamber’. They described him wanting like a ‘little madman’. And these have been all messages despatched with laughing emojis connected to him.
“The people Drummond and Lennon have been fairly despicable of their actions.”
Throughout the investigation, the defendants saved altering their tales and even tried in charge one other little one for the accidents to Jacob’s genitals, saying they may have been inflicted with a plastic toy knife.
Mr Jolley went on: “Louise Lennon had initially mentioned that it was only a minor damage.
“To any mom, it could have been identifiably a severe damage that will have wanted medical help and she or he uncared for to do this. She prioritised her relationship with Drummond.”
Despite the fact that Jacob was identified to social providers, Lennon deceived social staff and mates about what was happening.
Mr Jolley mentioned: “Louise Lennon indicated that she had already sought medical help on a number of events, and even deceiving social staff by saying that she was away on vacation with a purpose to keep away from assembly with a social employee who would clearly have seen the accidents and would have taken motion on him.”
On whether or not there have been any missed alternatives to avoid wasting Jacob, Mr Jolley mentioned: “The largest alternative would have been from Louise Lennon herself.
“She was the mom of a kid, he was susceptible and it could have been apparent to any mom that that little one Jacob wanted medical help.”
Despite the fact that Jacob’s father was not round in his quick life, his maternal grandmother had attended daily of the Previous Bailey trial.
Mr Jolley mentioned: “She heard what her daughter had allowed to occur to her grandchild and it will need to have been actually troublesome for her to listen to that.
“As for Drummond, Drummond was a coercive particular person. He took resentment in direction of Jacob, and triggered these horrific accidents and triggered his demise, which was described because the equal of being dropped from a primary ground constructing.”
Mr Jolley added: “I want to thank my investigation staff, all of the professionals who supported the prosecution, in bringing these accountable – Drummond and Lennon – to account for the horrible accidents that Jacob acquired and triggered his demise.”