CHILLING CCTV footage shown to jurors today shows tragic Alfie Lamb moments before he was he was allegedly crushed to death by his stepdad with a car seat.
The 3ft tall three-year-old appears to struggle to keep up with Stephen Waterson, 25, and mum Adrian Hoare, 23, in a shopping centre.
Waterson is accused of deliberately ramming his seat against Alfie because he wouldn’t stop crying on the way home to Croydon, South London.
CCTV footage shown to jurors today shows the toddler just moments before he died as he walked his mum, stepdad and two others from a Halfords car park.
The footage shows Alfie appearing to run to keep up on the shopping trip to Sutton, south London, on February 1 last year.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC asked Hoare: “Whose pace are you walking at? What allowances were you making for Alfie’s little legs? Why is Alfie having to run?”
‘NOT BE TOLD WHAT TO DO’
The mum replied: “It’s just the way I walk even if it’s just me and Alfie. Alfie always runs.”
Hoare was today accused of failing to prevent Waterson from twice pushing the chair into Alfie Lamb, saying: “I will not be told what to do by a three-year-old.”
Afterwards, she didn’t blame him straight away because her relationship with Alfie’s stepdad was “just too important”, jurors were told.
Alfie collapsed in Waterson’s Audi convertible on the way home from the shopping centre.
‘PUTTING BOYFRIEND FIRST’
Cross-examining Hoare, Mr Atkinson said: “Until he got into that car on the way back from Sutton, he was fine wasn’t he?
“And by the time that the car reached Adams Way he was very far from fine, wasn’t he? Something had to have happened in that journey?
“So when doctors and police start saying something happened to Alfie, you knew it had to have happened in the car. Were you not thinking it must have been Stephen?”
Hoare replied: “Not straight away.”
The prosecutor asserted: “What Stephen had done with his seat he had done deliberately. He was annoyed the second time he moved his chair back?”
Hoare agreed, but added: “To begin with I did not blame anyone for what happened.”
‘HE WAS SCREAMING’
Waterson’s lawyer Tana Adkin QC said: “He’s crying, he’s unhappy, he’s calling for his mum. Why not pick him up and comfort him, Miss Hoare?
“When Stephen moves the car seat back a second time why didn’t you pick him up then? Alfie was crying, he was screaming, he was coughing.”
Hoare replied: “I would not have been able to get Alfie out of the space because he had not moved his chair.”
Mr Atkinson said: “Wasn’t it obvious that he did not have enough room?”
The defendant said: “I would have found a way of moving Alfie out of the space if I thought there was a serious problem and Alfie couldn’t breathe.”
Alfie died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest outside the home he shared with the couple.
Hoare and Waterson deny manslaughter, while the mum also denies charges of child cruelty for placing Alfie in the footwell and common assault on Ms Williams on February 14.
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Waterson further denies intimidating Marcus Lamb, also known as Marcus Richardson, on February 15.
But Hoare and Waterson have admitted perverting the course by submitting false statements to police.
The trial continues.
Alfie was sat in the backseat footwell when he became injured, the court has heard[/caption]
Adrian Hoare gave evidence at the Old Bailey today[/caption]
Alfie died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest outside his car[/caption]
Jurors have seen the car where Alfie is said to have been sat in the footwell[/caption]
Hoare denies charges of child cruelty for placing Alfie in the footwell[/caption]