Chances missed to stop killer of mum and baby Se­rial abuser posed dan­ger to adults and chil­dren – re­port

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Josh Lay­ton Staff Re­porter

CHANCES were missed to stop a se­rial do­mes­tic abuser who mur­dered a Birm­ing­ham mum and her young baby son, a re­port has found.

Wes­ley Wil­liams used a lig­a­ture to stran­gle Yvonne Walsh, 25, and her sev­en­month-old son Har­ri­son, who was mur­dered as he lay in his cot at his home in Billes­ley.

The mother had re­fused a mar­riage pro­posal from the vi­o­lent drug user and split from him just two days be­fore she was mur­dered on May 31, 2013.

Wil­liams was al­ready known to au­thor­i­ties and his ap­palling track record was re­vealed in a se­ri­ous case re­view.

The killer had a to­tal of 33 crim­i­nal con­vic­tions by the age of 17 and was known to a range of agen­cies, in­clud­ing for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and ‘non-ac­ci­den­tal’ in­juries to two of his chil­dren.

But af­ter serv­ing a prison sen­tence for as­sault, his risk to Yvonne was not cor­rectly iden­ti­fied and man­aged, the re­port found.

Af­ter the killings, Wil­liams, then aged 29, sent po­lice a text mes­sage, con­fess­ing to his crime.

The re­port found: “Whilst the risk posed by the per­pe­tra­tor was cor­rectly as­sessed as high to both known adults and chil­dren, it is ap­par­ent that when his li­cence con­di­tions ended, this was not suf­fi­ciently fo­cused upon. This may have been due to the fact that the in­dex of­fence for which he was im­pris­oned was a se­ri­ous as­sault upon an adult male.

“But there was over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence of the per­pe­tra­tor’s vi­o­lent be­hav­iour to­wards fe­males with whom he had formed rela- the tion­ships and, in turn, a risk to chil­dren – his own and those of oth­ers.

“In­deed, whilst in prison he had made threats to the child of an ex-part­ner. It was cer­tainly pre­dictable that the per­pe­tra­tor could cause harm to oth­ers.

“He was a se­rial per­pe­tra­tor of do­mes­tic abuse and it is also known from re­search that a crit­i­cal time for a vic­tim to be harmed is when a re­la­tion­ship is ended, or is about to end.”

Wil­liams had met his vic­tim af­ter his re­lease from prison in Fe­bru­ary 2013 and their re­la­tion­ship lasted less than four months.

Af­ter the mur­ders, he changed his Face­book sta­tus to ‘sin­gle’ and ca­su­ally an­nounced: “Some­times we just have to do things we shouldn’t... I am sorry it had come to this.” Just hours af­ter the dou­ble killing, he was caught on CCTV laugh­ing and high-fiv­ing a flat­mate at a McDon­ald’s restau­rant.

Yvonne and Har­ri­son were dis­cov­ered at their home in Billes­ley two days later. Wil­liams was jailed for life – with a min­i­mum of 29 years – at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court in De­cem­ber 2013.

The Multi Agency Pub­lic Pro­tec­tion Ar­range­ments re­view found: “Po­lice and Chil­dren’s So­cial Care missed op­por­tu­nity to iden­tify re­la­tion­ship, and hence risk, when in­for­ma­tion passed to them.”

An NSPCC spokesman said: “This re­port makes it clear that more could have been done to pos­si­bly pre­vent this hor­rific crime. It is vi­tal that in­for­ma­tion is shared, not just be­tween agen­cies, but also with po­ten­tial vic­tims – and that all pos­si­ble mea­sures are taken to keep a child or vul­ner­a­ble fam­ily safe from harm.”

>Wes­ley Wil­liams faces a min­i­mum of 29 years in prison af­ter he mur­dered Yvonne Walsh and baby Har­ri­son

> Yvonne Walsh and baby Har­ri­son

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