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Man jailed for murdering ex-partner and baby

2013-12-11 19:07:09

Yvonne Walsh
Yvonne and Harrison Walsh were found at their home in Chells Grove

A man who murdered a former partner and her baby son has been jailed for life.

Wesley Williams, 29, killed Yvonne Walsh, 25, and seven-month-old Harrison Walsh at their home in Chells Grove, Billesley, West Midlands, some time between 31 May and 2 June.

Both died as a result of pressure to the neck in an attack which police said was "shocking and senseless".

Williams, who admitted the murders, was ordered to serve at a minimum of 29 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Police said they found the bodies of Ms Walsh and her son in their beds after forcing entry to their home on 2 June.

'Clearly evil'

Williams killed Ms Walsh and her baby while another woman he had broken up with, Rebecca Shuttleworth, was standing trial for the murder of her own two-year-old son.

Details of Williams' previous relationship with Shuttleworth, who was jailed for life in June for killing Keanu Williams, could not previously be reported due to a court order.

Wesley Williams
Williams was ordered to serve at a minimum
of 29 years

At his trial, the court was told that the 29-year-old killed both mother and son in their home "within minutes" of each other on 31 May by ligature strangulation.

He then drove off in Ms Walsh's car and was seen that evening in McDonalds with a friend where he "appeared to be in good spirits".

Williams had been released from prison on licence on 14 February this year after serving a five-year jail term for attacking his sister's ex-partner with a hammer.

After the attack on Ms Walsh, he sent a text message to his police offender manager, admitting that he had killed his ex-partner and where her body could be found, but said nothing of Harrison.

Williams also posted comments on Facebook almost immediately after the murders.

In a post to his own account on the evening of 31 May, he wrote: "Sometimes we just have to do things we shouldn't."

He also posted "I am sorry it had to come to this" on Ms Walsh's page.

Jailing Williams at Birmingham Crown Court, Mr Justice MacDuff said he was "clearly evil and dangerous beyond measure".

'Dreadful and brutal'

The head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Public Protection Unit, Sarah Hammond, said Williams was an "extremely dangerous and violent man".

Speaking after sentencing, she said the unemployed 29-year-old had committed a "dreadful and brutal crime against two vulnerable victims".

She said Williams had begun a relationship with Ms Walsh "months" before her death and moved into her family home.

Problems between the pair began when Ms Walsh rejected Williams' proposal of marriage, Miss Hammond said.

She added that "our thoughts are with the family and friends of Yvonne and Harrison".

Ms Walsh's brother Chris said the family were "struggling to come to terms with all of this".

"We usually all spend time together over Christmas but now we can't.

"Words cannot describe how we feel".


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