Amanda Hutton jailed for 15 years for starving four
An alcoholic mother who starved her four-year-old son to death and left his mummified body in a cot has been jailed for 15 years. Amanda Hutton, a mother-of-eight who was found guilty of the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan yesterday, threatened to2020管家婆八肖黑白图 kill her other children if they told anyone about what had happened to their brother and was even said to have held a knife to one of their throats just days after Hamzahs death. Hutton, 43, was told by a judge today that she had failed in her most basic duties as a mother after taking against Hamzah from an early age - perhaps, in fact, from the very day of his birth. Hamzahs remains were found in breathtakingly awful squalor at Huttons Bradford home in September 2011 - almost two years after his death in 2009. Hutton admitted neglecting five of her other children aged between five and 13, who were living in the terrible conditions, and preventing the burial of Hamzahs body. She showed no emotion as she was led from the dock. Judge Roger Thomas QC told Hutton he had no doubt she had starved Hamzah for years, and that her crimes were as bad a case of unlawful killing of a child by a parent as it is possible to imagine. Four-year-old Hamzah Khan whose decomposed body was found in Crofton Road, Bradford (Image: West Yorkshire Police) He said: The prosecution posed the question at the outset of the case How is it possible in 21st century Britain for a four-and-a-half-year-old child to be starved to death?. Dr Ward, in her evidence, said that there were very few cases indeed in the medical literature of such a thing happening. Although it beggars belief that such a thing can happen, it has, of course, happened here. It has done so through your purposeful, persistent and gross conduct in failing in that most basic and fundamental requirement that is upon every parent, to
feed her child adequately. In terms of the five child cruelty charges Hutton admitted, Judge Thomas
said these related to a period of nearly three years when, on an ever declining scale, you failed your young children, causing them to live in quite appalling conditions of squalor which understandably shocked even the most seasoned police officers who attended your home in September 2011. He recalled how an experienced pediatrician told the jury her visit to Huttons house after Hamzahs body was discovered was the most extreme example of neglect she had encountered in her career. He said it was clear Hutton had an alcohol problem and that she placed her own selfish addiction to drink well before her responsibilities to her children, adding: You must be regarded as a real danger to any child with whom you may live, or in any way have care of in the future. Police have released video showing Hutton struggling to stand up when she was brought into a police station to be charged with killing her own son. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now Following yesterdays guilty verdict, questions have been raised over why a variety of care agencies failed to protect Hamzah. But Judge Thomas said it was not his role to explain how they had failed to identify or act upon the very long term and severe neglect of Hamzah. That will be left up to a serious case review by Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, to be published later this year. But the judge did say Huttons deviousness and entirely purposeful conduct in keeping various agencies away from her and her family was something he had taken into account. He sentenced her to 12 years in prison for manslaughter, and three-years for child cruelty, which will be served consecutively. Hutton also received a sentence of two-and-a-half years for preventing the lawful burial of Hamzah, but this will be served concurrently. A charge of fraud relating to Hutton claimin
g child benefit for Hamzah after his death will lie on the file. In his remarks, Judge Thomas also commended police officer Jodie Dunsmore, whose conscientious and tenacious pursuit of an anti-social behaviour complaint at Huttons house helped uncover the horror inside. The judge who said: If she continues in future years to fulfill her duties with this sort of excellence, then the public will be well served. Inside Amanda Huttons house where Hamzah Khan starved to deathView gallery During the same hearing at Bradford Crown Court Huttons eldest son, Tariq Khan, was handed a suspended two year jail sentence after he also admitted preventing the burial of his brothers corpse. Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told how Tariq Khan claimed Hutton told him not to tell anyone about what had happened to Hamzah or she would kill her other children. Tariq told probation officers how his mother held a knife to the throat of one of the children two days after Hamzahs death, and said his mother threatened to burn down the house. The court heard how salesman Tariq was a mummys boy who acted o
ut of misplaced loyalty to Hutton, but the also judge questioned the role of Aftab Khan - the father of all of Huttons eight children. The jury had previously heard how Aftab Khan subjected Hutton to domestic violence over many years and in 2008, after he was arrested for an assault on her, told police that Hamzah was undernourished and claimed he was going to inform social services. But there is no record that call was ever made. Judge Thomas said: Your partner and father of your children knew about your drinking and your lack of care of the children. He in fact seems to have done little in all reality to address your conduct so as to improve the welfare of his children. One of Huttons neighbours did alert social services to her concerns about the family six months before Hamzahs body was found. Mr Greaney said the neighbour contacted social services in March 2011 as she was concerned about things she had observed. The woman, who cannot be named, said she did this because of children crying and not being comforted, threatening voices towards the youngsters, blinds never being open and children not playing outside. In a text message the woman wrote about her anonymous call to social services, she wrote: Better to be safe than sorry. Mr Greaney said the history of what happened after this was complex but social services, education services and the police were all involved to a greater or lesser extent. But, the prosecutor said, these activities did not result in Hamzahs body being discovered and the other children being rescued.