Alfie Lamb's killer sent back to jail for breaching licence conditions
Alfie Lamb’s killer is sent back to jail for breaching his licence conditions a year after he was released early from prison for crushing toddler to death with car seat
- Stephen Waterson, 30, who crushed Alfie Lamb to death, is now back in prison
- Read more: Half-sister of Alfie Lamb’s killer is ‘living in fear’ after release
The son of a former Tory minister who killed a three-year-old boy by crushing him with a car seat has been returned to prison after a furious manhunt.
Stephen Waterson, 31, was jailed for seven and a half years for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice in 2019 and was released in January 2022.
The adopted son of former MP Nigel Waterson rammed his car seat into Alfie Lamb, three, the son of his girlfriend Adrian Hoare, while he cried in February 2018 in Sutton, south west London.
By the time they got home, Alfie had stopped breathing and he died of crush asphyxia three days later.
Police had been searching for Waterson since May 13 and he was arrested in Greenwich on Friday. He has been ‘returned to custody’ and may remain there until his original release date of 2026, The Sun reported.
Alfie Lamb, three, died three days after Waterson crushed him with a car seat. By the time they had returned home the three-year-old had stopped breathing
Stephen Waterson, 31, was jailed for seven and a half years in 2019 following the death of Alfie Lamb, three, in February 2018
The family of the dead toddler were not told that Waterson had been released when he was paroled in 2022, sparking calls for a formal apology from the Ministry of Justice.
Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019.
She was offered early release just five months later but her licence was revoked and was taken back into custody in May 2020.
Waterson was returning home after shopping in South London in 2018 when he reversed his electronic car seat onto Alfie who was sitting at his mother’s feet in the footwell behind.
By the time the trio arrived at Waterson’s home in Croydon, south London, Alfie had collapsed and stopped breathing.
The toddler began crying and choking, but his mother told him to ‘shut up’ before Waterson put the seat forward again.
He died at St Thomas’ Hospital in South London from catastrophic brain damage on February 4, 2018, three days after the incident.
Waterson, who was described by police as ‘arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant’, tried to avoid prosecution by repeatedly lying and intimidating witnesses.
The family of the dead toddler (pictured) were not told that Waterson had been released when he was paroled in 2022
Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019. She was offered early release just five months later but was taken back into custody in May 2020
The Audi (pictured) in which Waterson crushed Alfie by reversing his electric car seat. Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare had put him in harm’s way by placing him in the footwell behind the seat
He denied manslaughter during his first trial in which the jury was unable to reach a verdict, before pleading guilty on the first day of his retrial.
During sentencing, Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Timothy Kerr told Waterson that he was ‘manipulative, dishonest, deceitful, controlling, threatening, and sometimes violent’.
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said of his arrest: ‘Protecting the public is our number one priority.
‘That’s why offenders are subject to tough licence conditions and when they breach them, we do not hesitate to return them to custody.’
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