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21 July 2015, 15:37
A Coventry man will serve at least 15 years in prison after killing a 2-year old boy.
Keith Brown, of Swan Lane, Stoke, was found guilty of killing Khaleel Hussain in October last year. Khaleel’s mother Samina Kauser was found guilty of allowing the death of a child by failing to take steps she could reasonably have been expected to take to protect him.
Brown, 23, denied any involvement thoughout the trial and police investgations. On Friday, the jury made a unanimous guilty verdict. Today, Brown was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 15 years. Kauser was given a three-year sentence.
On 21 October 2013, Khaleel - two months shy of his third birthday - was left at his home in Richmond Street, Stoke with Brown after Kauser, 25 went out. Since early 2011 Kauser had been in an off-on relationship with Bworn. In interview, Brown denied being in any form of relationship with Kauser.
The court heard how, from phone records, Brown had called Kauser while she was walking home. Minutes later Kauser dialed 999 for an ambulance claiming her son had fallen down stairs.
The paramedics that aririved at the scene described Brown as being "blasé" and "calm" with no emotion. Following examination by medics, it was found that Khaleel had a significant head injury. He was taken to hospital before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham; he died the next day.
During questioning, Kauser’s account of Khaleel’s fall faltered several times. Both denied having any contact with Khaleel on the morning of the incident but neither Kauser or Brown could provide an account of how the boy came by his injuries.
A post mortem on Khaleel revealed he died as a result of a head injury and a subsequent report concluded that the injuries were not as a result of falling down stairs. The pathologist’s examination also revealed an injury where Khaleel had his airway and breathing restricted for a period of time which had caused bleeding into his lungs and could have occurred weeks before 21 October 2013.
The judge highlighted two aggravating factors; Khaleel was left with Brown who breached his position of trust and responsibility and he did not ring for an ambulance for 20 minutes. These factors have led to him being handed a life sentence today."
The court heard how, a week before his death, Khaleel had been smothered with a duvet by Brown after he was whinging at bedtime. Kauser challenged Brown and told him to leave her son alone. Prosecuting, Mr Hankin QC said that Kauser knew from Khaleel’s long and subdued silence after Brown had left the room that he had been harmed.
Detective Inspector Jim Foy, from the Public Protection Unit in Coventry, said: "This was a difficult case as there were no witnesses and no CCTV showing what led to Khaleel’s death. The police investigation was built on the string of lies told by Brown and Kauser."