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Kemarni Watson Darby: Mum and partner jailed after boy's killing Kemarni Watson Darby: Mum and partner jailed after boy's murder
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Alicia Watson and Nathaniel Pope blamed each other for Kemarni's deathAlicia Watson and Nathaniel Pope blamed each other for Kemarni's death
A man who murdered his partner's three-year-old son after inflicting more than 20 rib fractures over weeks of beatings has been jailed for at least 24 years.A man who murdered his partner's three-year-old son after inflicting more than 20 rib fractures over weeks of beatings has been jailed for at least 24 years.
Jurors heard Nathaniel Pope caused injuries to Kemarni Watson Darby comparable to a car crash.Jurors heard Nathaniel Pope caused injuries to Kemarni Watson Darby comparable to a car crash.
Along with Pope's life term, Kemarni's mother Alicia Watson received 11 years at Birmingham Crown Court for causing or allowing Kemarni's death.Along with Pope's life term, Kemarni's mother Alicia Watson received 11 years at Birmingham Crown Court for causing or allowing Kemarni's death.
Mrs Justice Tipples said he had died after "a severe and sustained assault".Mrs Justice Tipples said he had died after "a severe and sustained assault".
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The judge told 32-year-old Pope it would "have caused extreme distress and pain and that would have been obvious to you".The judge told 32-year-old Pope it would "have caused extreme distress and pain and that would have been obvious to you".
"Kemarni was not your son and he did not mean anything to you. You saw him as a nuisance who got in the way of your relationship," she said."Kemarni was not your son and he did not mean anything to you. You saw him as a nuisance who got in the way of your relationship," she said.
The judge told Watson, 31, she knew Pope had been injuring Kemarni with punches and kicks and had done nothing to stop it; and that she had also "regularly beat him hard" with her hands. The judge told the former warehouse worker she was sure he had been under the influence of cannabis when he killed the three-year-old in June 2018.
She said it had been "a particularly distressing and tragic case".
Judge Mrs Justice Tipples said the physical abuse of Kemarni "became an accepted course of conduct in the flat."Judge Mrs Justice Tipples said the physical abuse of Kemarni "became an accepted course of conduct in the flat."
Kemarni's father Darren Darby told the start of the sentencing hearing on Monday the pair had left him suffering "a true life sentence". Pope has previous convictions for burglary and possession of heroin with intent to supply. In 2011 he was jailed for four months for an attack on a young mother on a London bus.
The judge told Watson, 31, she had known Pope had been injuring Kemarni with punches and kicks and had done nothing to stop it; and she had also "regularly beat him hard" with her hands.
During the trial, it emerged Watson had bought cannabis and spent money on driving lessons, as Kemarni lost his nursery place due to lack of funds.
Mrs Justice Tipples said it had been "a particularly distressing and tragic case".
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Kemarni Watson Darby suffered harrowing injuries, a detective says
Pathologists found four rib fractures on Kemarni which they believe were caused up to four weeks before he was killed at his home in Beaconview Road, West Bromwich.
The trial was told Kemarni would already have been in pain from serious injuries when, hours before he was beaten to death, he was taken by Watson to a walk-in health centre, where he was given medicine for a suspected stomach bug.
Kemarni's father Darren Darby told the start of the sentencing hearing on Monday Pope and Watson had left him suffering "a true life sentence".
In a statement about Kemarni, he said: "He had the potential to be so much. I will not get to be involved in the key moments of his life."In a statement about Kemarni, he said: "He had the potential to be so much. I will not get to be involved in the key moments of his life."
Pope, a drug user and former warehouse worker from Wolverhampton, and Watson, of Handsworth, Birmingham, were also found guilty of child cruelty charges. Pope, from Wolverhampton, and Watson, of Handsworth, Birmingham, were also found guilty of child cruelty charges.
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