Hardeep Hunjan, 27, has received a life sentence for killing his girlfriend's 13-month-old toddler Noah Serra-Morrison, who had 15 fractures to his body. Hunjan was sentenced to serve a minimum of 23 years in jail at London’s Luton Crown Court.
Ronnie Tayler-Morrison, a 22-year old mother of Noah, was absolved of all murder charges but was awarded a jail sentence for six-and-a-half years for facilitating the murder of a child and of cruelty to a child under 16.
Justice Baker opined that both Hardeep and Ronnie had not provided true account and it is a mystery why the child was attacked. "In my view neither of you have provided a truthful account and it remains a mystery why you, Hunjan, attacked him," said Justice Baker. "But at some stage you took hold of Noah and in addition to punching him to his head, you swung him into one of the walls with sufficient force to cause a fracture to his skull and all four of his limbs”.
Medical experts informed that the type of injuries suffered by the boy were similar to those found in people involved in a car crash or those who had fallen from a building. Noah had been subjected to horrific and deliberate abuse for weeks before he died. A post-mortem examination disclosed that Noah has bruises all over his body and had suffered 15 fractures in total comprising fractures to an arm and leg around a week before his death, and similar injuries to an arm and leg between four and six weeks before he died.
Bedfordshire Police stated that it is one of the most shocking and sickening cases of violence.
The couple reportedly did not have a good relationship fuelled by alcohol and cannabis and had tried to wash away forensic evidence in a shower to escape prison. However, the couple had claimed that Noah had injured following his fall from his cot, a claim which was found implausible by prosecutors.