Alfie Lamb trial: Katy Thorne QC and Kate O’Raghallaigh represent mother acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter

Following a six week trial at the Old Bailey before Mr. Justice Kerr, Adrian Hoare was acquitted yesterday of the manslaughter of her three year old son, Alfie Lamb. Ms. Hoare was charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of Alfie in the footwell of a car on 1st February 2018. He had not been placed in a car seat. The Crown alleged that Ms. Hoare’s partner, Stephen Waterson, pushed back his car seat during the journey with the result that Alfie, who was sitting behind him, was unable to breathe.

Having become unresponsive during the car journey, Alfie died four days later of ischaemic brain injury caused by compression or ‘crush’ asphyxia. The case involved evidence from a number of forensic pathologists in relation to compression and positional asphyxia and attracted national and international press coverage throughout the trial. Mr. Waterson, who was alleged to have been controlling and coercive in his relationship with Ms. Hoare, was charged with unlawful act manslaughter in relation to his actions in the car and faces a retrial following a hung jury. Following six days of deliberations, Ms. Hoare was convicted of a lesser alternative count of child neglect in relation placing Alfie in the footwell.

In R v. Waterson and Hoare, Katy Thorne QC and Kate O’Raghallaigh were instructed by Caroline Liggins of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors.

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