The ver­dicts...

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

CHILD mur­derer Elvis Lee protested his in­no­cence and swore at the jury af­ter they con­victed him of killing Tyler Whe­lan.

The eight men and four women had been de­lib­er­at­ing for more than 10 hours when they re­turned to court to de­liver their ver­dict at 3.30pm yes­ter­day.

The fore­man said all 12 had also found Stephanie Whe­lan guilty of caus­ing or al­low­ing the death of Tyler Whe­lan.

The jury found Lee and Whe­lan not guilty of two counts of cru­elty to a child.

Both Lee and Whe­lan sobbed and hung their heads as they sat in the dock, while Mr Jus­tice Nicol thanked the jury for their at­ten­tion dur­ing the case.

There were also cheers from the public gallery, with a num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers in tears fol­low­ing the ver­dict.

Whe­lan, who has been on bail through­out the case, was re­manded into cus­tody. She will be sen­tenced in June.

Christopher Don­nel­lan, prose­cut­ing, said Lee had 25 con­vic­tions for 5 of­fences, dat­ing back to when he was a 17-year-old and con­victed of af­fray. In 1998 he was con­victed of dam­ag­ing prop­erty.

He was jailed for four months in De­cem­ber 1999 for as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and for an­other 12 months in Jan­uary 2003 for dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

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