Para­noid cannabis ad­dict dad killed baby son with a hammer

Daily Mail - - Life - By Re­becca Cam­ber Crime Cor­re­spon­dent

A CANNABIS ad­dict who be­came so para­noid his part­ner was hav­ing an af­fair that he beat their baby son to death with a claw hammer was fac­ing life be­hind bars yes­ter­day.

Bid­hya Sa­gar Das, 33, be­came ob­sessed with delu­sions that his Ro­ma­nian girl­friend Christinela Datcu was hid­ing men in the house and plot­ted to kill her and their 16-month-old son be­cause he wrongly be­lieved she was sleep­ing with other men in the child’s bed.

One night, as the cou­ple sat down to re­lax in front of the tele­vi­sion after putting their son to bed, Das made a cup of tea for Miss Datcu, gave her a foot mas­sage and promised her they were go­ing to have a ‘spe­cial night’ to­gether.

Mo­ments later, when Miss Datcu went to take a shower, the ho­tel worker stormed into their son Gabriel’s bed­room and blud­geoned him to death.

Hear­ing her son scream, Miss Datcu rushed out of the bath­room to dis­cover ‘a scene that was the stuff of night­mares’ as she found his blood- soaked body. She was heard scream­ing, ‘my kid, my kid’ as she ran into the street out­side their flat in Fins­bury Park, North Lon­don, for help at 11pm on March 18. The in­fant was rushed to hos­pi­tal but died less than two hours later.

A young girl, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons, was left in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion, but she sur­vived the at­tack.

Das was ar­rested the next day after call­ing the po­lice, say­ing: ‘Satur­day night I did very bad, hon­estly.’ He is due to be sen­tenced to­day at the Old Bai­ley after ad­mit­ting man­slaugh­ter by way of di­min­ished re­sponsi- bil­ity and one count of at­tempted mur­der. The court heard that just days be­fore the killing, Miss Datcu warned so­cial ser­vices that Das was smok­ing too much cannabis and she feared he was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly para­noid and ir­ra­tional. A day be­fore the killing, Das warned a taxi driver he was go­ing to ‘kill Christinela, be­cause she f**** men in the bed’, but it was dis­missed as an idle threat.

Pros­e­cu­tor Zoe John­son QC said Das started to leave his mo­bile phone at home to record her move­ments, adding: ‘Things got so bad that on the oc­ca­sions when they spent the night to­gether... he removed his shoe laces and tied Miss Datcu’s un­der­wear to his own, to en­sure she could not get up with­out him know­ing.’

The court heard that although the killer reg­u­larly smoked cannabis, ex­perts were un­able to say his drug use led to the killing. Friends de­scribed Das as ‘jeal­ous’ and ‘crazy’, claim­ing the Bangladeshi­born ho­tel worker had of­ten ques­tioned whether he was the fa­ther of their son. Yes­ter­day the Old Bai- ley heard how Miss Datcu still lives in ter­ror of Das hunt­ing her down to kill her.

The mother, who was not in court when Das ap­peared for the first of a two-day sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, said in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment: ‘I never want to see the face of my child’s fa­ther again.’

She added: ‘I am afraid and I live with the thought that if he is ever free, he would come to fin­ish what he started that day – to kill me.’

Yes­ter­day Das ap­peared in the dock flanked by men­tal health work­ers. Judge Mar­tin Spencer will sen­tence Das later to­day, when he will de­cide whether to send him to a men­tal hos­pi­tal or to prison.

‘The stuff of night­mares’

Killer: Bid­hya Das with part­ner Christinela Datcu

Blud­geoned to death: Gabriel

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