Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack | A father has admitted murdering his baby son and attempting to kill the boy's mother in what has been described as a "truly horrific" assault. Denis B

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack

Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack
Father admits murdering baby son in 'truly horrific' attack
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A father has admitted murdering his baby son and attempting to kill the boy's mother in what has been described as a "truly horrific" assault.

Denis Beytula fatally stabbed three-week-old Andrei Stefan at the family flat in Portland Close, Wallsend, North Tyneside, on October 2.

Northumbria Police said the 27-year-old had grabbed a knife following an argument with the baby's mother, Andreea Stefan, 21, and began stabbing her and the infant.

She was able to call emergency services seconds later, the force added.

The father was arrested at the scene, while the two victims were transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary - where Ms Stefan recovered and Andrei died days later, on October 6.

Appearing in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, bearded Beytula showed little emotion as he pleaded guilty to murdering his baby and attempting to murder the boy's mother, who was his partner at the time.

He was told that he will be sentenced at the same court on December 19.

In a statement released following the guilty pleas, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Cole, of Northumbria Police, said Beytula had betrayed his victims "in the most violent of ways".

He said: "This was a truly horrific assault that rocked an entire community and even now it is difficult to comprehend how Denis Beytula could commit these offences.

"His victims were both completely innocent and they were two people he was supposed to love and protect - he betrayed them in the most violent of ways.

"It is tragic when any life is taken away but it is particularly distressing when that life is a beautiful baby boy and I know that has had a profound effect on the wider community."

Emergency services were called to the property at around 2.15pm on the day of the incident, where they found Ms Stefan and Andrei with critical injuries.

As the mother's condition improved in hospital, her son's worsened, and he was eventually declared dead.

Praising Ms Stefan, Mr Cole added: "She has been a pillar of strength throughout our investigation and I just want to take this opportunity to praise her for her incredible bravery at what continues to be a very difficult time.

"Andreea fought for her life and, because of her determination, she is alive today to see this man put behind bars, but what happened that day will stay with her for the rest of her life.

"Her world will never be the same again but we will continue to offer her all the support she needs so she can try and begin to move on with her life."

In her own statement, Ms Stefan said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came to leave flowers and toys and paid respect to my son, in front of my house.

"I really appreciate it and thanks to everyone for the messages, it's really nice to see how you guys support me and my family during this hard time.

"May God give to everyone what they deserve. Thanks to all of you again."

Reporting by PA.

Croydon tram crash: Driver and company involved in fatal tragedy will not face charges

Croydon tram crash: Driver and company involved in fatal tragedy will not face charges

The driver of the tram involved in a fatal crash in Croydon in 2016 will not face criminal charges, police have said. 

British Transport Police announced the driver, who was in control of the vehicle when seven people died in the tragedy, will not be charged with gross negligence manslaughter due their not being sufficient evidence to do so.

There will also be no charge for corporate manslaughter against Tram Operations Limited or Transport for London. 

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson, who led the BTP investigation, said: “For the past three years, my team have been working to uncover exactly what happened on the morning of 9 November 2016.

“This has involved simulating the circumstances of the derailment, speaking with hundreds of witnesses and collecting thousands of individual pieces of evidence. It has been a complex investigation undertaken by the Force.

“We know that this latest update may not be the news that many, including the family members who lost loved ones, had hoped for."

He added that police "are satisfied that every scrap of possible evidence has been scrutinised" and it has been concluded, along with the Crown Prosecution Service, that the threshold to bring charges of manslaughter against the tram driver, TfL and Tram Operations Ltd, has not been met.

Families of the victims have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. 

Police also informed the other survivors and will work with HM Coroner to begin the process of preparing for the inquests of the seven people who lost their lives.

DSI Richardson added: “Since November 2016, we’ve been working alongside the Office of Rail and Road who continue investigate whether Health and Safety legislation was breached during this incident. We will also work with HM Coroner to begin the process of preparing for the inquests of the seven people who lost their lives."

Jenny Hopkins, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The Croydon tram crash has had a devastating effect on the local community, especially the families and friends of the seven people who so tragically lost their lives.

“The CPS has carefully reviewed all the available material in this case in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and concluded that the evidence does not support a prosecution of the driver for the offence of gross negligence manslaughter. We considered other criminal offences but the evidence did not support a prosecution.

“We fully recognise the impact this decision will have on families who have lost their loved ones and we have offered to meet with them to explain our reasons in full. Our thoughts remain with everybody affected by this tragedy.”

Boy, 15, who drove wrong way around North Circular during 12-mile police chase admits dangerous driving

Boy, 15, who drove wrong way around North Circular during 12-mile police chase admits dangerous driving

A 15-year-old boy who led police on a 12-mile high-speed pursuit in a stolen car that ended when it was surrounded by armed police has admitted dangerous driving.

The teenager drove a black Audi the wrong way along the A406 during the lengthy pursuit and deliberately rammed into several other vehicles when eventually surrounded by officers.

In dramatic footage of the arrest in Langston Road, Loughton, the teenager – who cannot be named - is seen being dragged from the Audi after an officer smashed one of the car window with his gun.

The car is seen striking other parked vehicles in a desperate bid to get away after police had released a stinger to stop the pursuit.

With several police guns trained on him and to shouts of “get on the floor”, the driver is pinned down by officers before being taken into custody.

At Highbury Corner youth court today, the boy admitted a string of charges including aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.

“This was a sustained incident of very very poor driving”, said prosecutor Noel Shaw.

“At one point he was driving on the A406 actually in the wrong direction, it is an extremely main road and an inherently very dangerous thing to do.

“Police had to mount a sting operation to stop the vehicle.

“Another serious aspect is, at a certain point on a side street, the driver was really using the car to deliberately bang into other vehicles of perfectly ordinary drivers on the road.

“He was aware people were trying to stop him and he didn’t stop.”

Mr Shaw added the offences were “completely out of character” as the boy does not have previous convictions.

The Audi involved in the chase had been stolen earlier on September 28 from Southney Road, Tottenham.

When police attempted to stop the stolen car in Bounds Green it drove off, sparking a high-speed pursuit. Using a helicopter to track the car, police eventually brought the chase to an end in Loughton, Essex.

The teenage driver, from Haringey, northeast London, today admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence or insurance, and a charge of possession of a class B drug.

Magistrate Virginia Dow told him: “We haven’t got to the bottom of these very serious set of offences – you are terribly young to be driving a car.”

She adjourned sentencing until November 21, and freed the boy on unconditional bail.

A second 15-year-old boy is also accused of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, as well as a charge of being carried in a vehicle taken without the owner’s permission. He is due to appear in court next month.

Two 14-year-old girls who were arrested during the same incident on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and allowing themselves to be carried in a vehicle without the owner’s consent have been freed by police pending further investigation.

Three sought by police after vulnerable boy robbed at knifepoint in Bromley

Three sought by police after vulnerable boy robbed at knifepoint in Bromley

Police have launched an appeal for help after a vulnerable teen was robbed at knifepoint in Bromley

Met Police was called to reports a 15-year-old boy had been robbed at knifepoint in Bromley High Street on September 6.

The boy had a knife held to his chest and throat and his trainers, jacket, mobile phone, money and oyster card were stolen.

The suspects were described as a black male, who was wearing a du rag, and two black females, one of whom had a crutch.

A photograph was taken of the victim and he was told to not report the robbery, a police spokesman said.

The suspects then boarded a bus using the victim’s oyster card.

Launching an appeal for help identifying three people in connection with the robbery, detective constable Ciara Riordan, of South Area, said: “This robbery has had a real impact on the victim’s life and he has not been able to go back to school since it happened.

“I would urge anyone who recognises the three people pictured to contact police on 101, quoting CAD 7617/06Sep.”

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