A two-month-old baby was allegedly murdered by his parents who were upset that they couldn’t have sex because he was awake.
Luke Morgan, 26, and Emma Cole, 22, are accused of smothering Tyler Morgan and causing him three broken ribs after being heard arguing at their flat in April 2014.
Neighbours said, “Luke Morgan was angry because he wanted to have sex with Miss Cole and had been prevented by Tyler being up.”
Jurors at Stafford Crown Court heard that after Tyler collapsed, there was a “significant” delay in contacting the emergency services.
Morgan and Cole both deny murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing Tyler’s death, and child cruelty.
But during the case against the couple, prosecutor Andrew Smith QC showed jurors a picture of an injury to Tyler’s right forearm which pathologists said resembled a human bite mark.
Mr Smith told the jury:
At 2.42am on the 29th of April 2014, Emma Cole dialled 999 to send an ambulance to her home address.
Tyler Morgan, the nine-week-old son of the defendants, had collapsed before the call was made.
The prosecution’s case is that Tyler’s collapse was caused by his being intentionally smothered or his chest being compressed. That intentional smothering and/or chest compression occurred when the defendants were alone with Tyler in their home.
Subsequent investigations discovered that Tyler had sustained serious injuries before his death, including fractured ribs, that could only have been caused while he was in the care of his parents.
Mr Smith said one neighbour had heard a high-pitched scream, while another described hearing a loud bang.
He added: “The prosecution say that Luke Morgan and Emma Cole were plainly arguing in the early hours. Their argument took place at a time when they had both been drinking alcohol.”
After paramedics arrived at the couple’s home, the court heard Morgan said he believed Tyler’s collapse was a “cot death”’ and claimed he had been unable to wake him. Tyler, who was in cardiac arrest, was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital, arriving at 3.40am, and was pronounced dead at 4.03am. Jurors were told several red marks were found on Tyler’s face, including the bridge of his nose, which may have related to resuscitation attempts.
On the recordings, Morgan is alleged to have said that he used to bite Tyler “to make him smile” during play. Mr Smith added that neither defendant offered any explanation for the fractured ribs suffered by Tyler.
The trial, which is expected to last for up to six weeks, continues.
All Colour Awards To Hold December 1st In Lagos
All Colour Awards (ACA), the anticipated unusual “made in Nigeria” annual event with limitless imagination, will bring together top players in different sectors of the Nigerian economy at the reputable Abelinis Hub – 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
The talk about town event will assemble different top players in various sectors under one roof to foster unity and is also positioned to propel winners beyond known boundaries.
The awards night, which will kick off with the Red Carpet by 2p.m and the Event Proper by 4p.m has been packaged for the Nigerian organizations right down to the selected recipients for the exclusive maiden edition. It is also an important meeting and avenue place for the industry watchers to get engaged with who-is-who in different sectors in Nigeria and beyond through ACA, an unfolding success to beat and copy.
“We are focused on high octane media programme, which will further increase the importance of the event, and eventually create consumer empathy for the participants, recipients and players in various industries” says Kanbi Owolabi, the Executive Producer of All Colour Awards in Nigeria.
Checks revealed that the objective of the advisory board and resource team is not to organize just an award but a memorable event that will help the recipients gain strong recognition and consumer empathy as a veritable platform for awardees to leverage and increase their perception profile.
For the records, the All Colour Awards (ACA) project is an exclusive event arranged to unite and amplify Nigeria’s top businesses, connect creativity brands, achievers’ excellence and reward by honouring and promoting the reputable individuals, organizations and brands that have secured high patronage and consumer rating in their respective categories.
The awards categories for the maiden exclusive edition are: Entertainment, Telecommunications, Advertising, Real Estate, Public Service, Banking, Oil & Gas, Hotels/Tourism, Media, Fashion & Style, Insurance, FCMG/Manufacturing, Gaming & Sports, Automobiles, Legal Practitioners and Lifetime Achievements.
The organizers promise an extra merry moments at the All Colour Gig popularly known as the ‘After Party’ for all the recipients/winners, participants and the special guests at a unique lounge to be disclosed at the event venue.
Fight To Finish: Despite Gov Abiodun’s Intervention, Ogun NURTW Top-shot, Iyeru Drags National President, Tajudeen Baruwa To Court!
Writes Damning Petition To DSS, Alleges Threat To LIfe.
A Damning Petition To DSS, Alleges Threat To LifeA chieftain of the Ogun State chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who is also gunning for the state chairmanship position of the union, Alhaji Akeem Bodunrin aka Iyeru has reportedly declared a total war against the National President of the union, Alhaji (Professor) Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa.
According to information made available to us, the relationship between Iyeru and Baruwa became frosty, when the latter won the election few months ago as the National President of the union.
A source had told us that Iyeru, who had been eyeing the position of the State Chairmanship of the Ogun State council of the NURTW, had been suspicious that Alhaji Baruwa would not approve of him (Iyeru) getting the enviable state chairmanship slot.
Thus, Akeem Bodunrin (Iyeru) allegedly preempted all the actions of the new National President and raced to the court to get an injunction against the conduct of the state election, which was supposed to take place on October 23, 2019, but was postponed till a later date.
Apart from the court action, Iyeru and some members of the Ogun State NURTW wrote a damaging petition against the National President to the Department of State Security Service (DSS) and the Nigeria Police alleging threat to life.The petition to the DSS, which was addressed to the Director of DSS, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State and was obtained by this reporter, was dated 8th October 2019.
It was jointly signed by Alhaji Akeem Bodunrin, Comrade Funlayo Odugbose and Alhaji Jamiu Balogun.The petition was entitled; “Intent To Cause Mayhem In Ogun State By Some Aggrieved Members of NURTW And Group Of Hoodlums Operating Or Parading Themselves As Isolated Members of Prof. Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa, The National President of NURTW.”
Iyeru and others stated in the petition that Professor Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa was officially opposing the decision of the state government in regard to the appointment given to Alhaji Akeem Bodunrin (aka Iyeru) to act on behalf of the Ogun State Government Transport Committee organised to collect revenue in Motor Parks in the state.
They alleged in the petition that going through the social media information, Professor Baruwa was now challenging the decision of the Ogun State Government Transport Committee with a threat to cause chaos and bloodshed in Ogun State Motor Parks “being his usual practice during the time he was the Chairman of the NURTW in Ogun State, which claimed many lives, the record can be verified at the Security Agencies Office.”
Iyeru and his team then called on the DSS to take action on the matter, adding that there had been relative peace in Ogun Motor Parks since Iyeru became the Chairman of the State Transport Committee.
However, sources revealed that there had been plans by Professor Baruwa to appoint Iyeru as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Ogun NURTW though the latter was said to be unaware of this.We gathered that this decision was reached by Baruwa and Governor Dapo Abiodun of the state during a recent meeting between the two, where the Governor reportedly urged Baruwa to carry Iyeru along in the scheme of the things in the state.Professor Baruwa was said to have agreed with the Governor to officially “empower” Iyeru as the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Ogun State NURTW, “only for Iyeru to start approaching the court for injunctions and acting as if the Union is his personal property.”
In a Motion Exparte dated 22nd October, 2019 filed at the High Court, Ogun State in the Abeokuta Judicial Division, Iyeru urged the court to prevent Baruwa from conducting election into the union on 23rd October 2019 or anytime soon and or dissolving the elected executive members of the association in a “manner inconsistent with the provision of the Constitution of the National Union of Road Transport Workers pending the determination of the Motion on Notice in this suit.”
It was stated in the motion exparte that the ban placed on transport unions activities in the state was to allow for peace in the within the state, but that that Professor Baruwa and the Ogun State Council of NURTW amongst others were still “conducting themselves in a manner that could lead to a breach of peace and loss of lives and properties.”
Iyeru and his supporters also sworn to an Affidavit of Urgency before the High Court of Ogun State in the Abeokuta Judicial Division Holden at Abeokuta.
The affidavit was signed by their counsel, Chief Olusesan A. Bankole (Esq) of Chief Olusesan A. Bankolr & Co.The Affidavit indicated that Comrade Haruna Adekunjo and Iyeru were bonafide members of the Ogun NURTW.It added that while Adekunjo is the Ogun State Council Assistant Organizing Secretary, Bodunrin (Iyeru) is the Vice Chairman of the Ogun State Council of NURTW and the person appointed by Ogun State Government as the Chairman of the Interim Committee on Transport as Sales Agent in respect of Government Revenue Collected from Transporters.This was said to be after the ban placed on Transport Union activities in all parks and garages in Ogun State during National Union of Road Transport Workers working week.Unfolding events in the state indicated that Iyeru had been preempting the move of Alhaji Baruwa on the activities and management of the Ogun State NURTW.
The matter was traced to the belief of Alhaji Tajudeen Ibikunle Baruwa that a transport union ought to be independent of the government as against what is happening in the state, where the transport committee was appointed by the state government.The next few weeks would decide what would happen in the Ogun State NURTW, while watchers of events insisted that the Ogun NURTW should be allowed to “control itself and appoint its leaders as it is happening in other states of the federation and at the national level
Release Journalist, Dipo Awojobi – NUJ President Chris Isiguzo
The Nigeria Union of Journalists is alarmed at the renewed onslaught against press freedom in Nigeria as evidenced by the clampdown on two journalists by agents of state in the last 48 hours.
While, Mr Abayomi Adeshida, a photo-journalist with the Vanguard Newspapers was beaten-up by security aides attached to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Mr Dipo Awojobi of First Weekly Magazine was reportedly arrested by the police for alleged defamation of character.
These incidents are coming barely 72-hours after Nigeria joined the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists.
Sadly, these two developments are just a mere scratch on several cases of brutality against the media in the last one year in the country.
No doubt Safety of journalists remains central to press freedom, and point particularly to the responsibility of the state in protecting media freedom and ensuring that there is no impunity for crimes against journalists.
Journalist safety goes beyond killings and physical assault but also include the absence of arbitrary arrest, resorting to exile to escape repression, harassment, destruction and confiscation of equipment and premises, and self-censorship in media.
Impunity for crimes against journalists has remained the predominant trend, with only few perpetrators of attacks against journalists being brought to justice. Impunity refers to the effect of exemption from punishment of those who commit a crime. It thus point to a failure of judicial system as well as creation of an environment in which crimes against freedom of expression go unpunished, posing a serious threat to freedom of expression.
The practice and expectation of impunity may further encourage violators of numerous human rights besides freedom of expression and press freedom, while also encouraging other forms of criminalities.
The safety of journalists is essential to the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of all of us, as well as right to development.
Journalists have been tried on spurious grounds as espionage, threats to national security or alleged bias. Many have been sentenced to excessive terms of imprisonment, and suffer unreasonably long pre-trial detention.
The NUJ therefore calls for unequivocal political commitment to ensuring that journalists can carry out their work without let hindrance. The international legal framework for the protection of journalists is in place. It must now be implemented at the national level-Nigeria government must create an enabling environment in which the rights of journalists and other members of society can be fully respected.
Our security operatives and the political leaders must bear in mind that the media has by happenstance become the only hope for every Nigerian. Therefore, any attempt at silencing the media and indeed free speech must clearly be seen as a direct invitation to anarchy.
We therefore demand the immediate and unconditional release of journalist Awojobi and other journalists currently in detention across the country.
Let’s not forget, that a supervised Press Freedom is no freedom. A stitch in time saves nine.
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