Death of Whittlesey baby was murder says jury as father remanded for sentencing

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE man was found guilty today of murdering his seven week old daughter- just a day after the baby s mother was cleared of a similar charge. The jury at Ipswich Crown Court, who resumed their deliberations today, found Olusola Akinrele, 34, o

A CAMBRIDGESHIRE man was found guilty today of murdering his seven week old daughter- just a day after the baby's mother was cleared of a similar charge.

The jury at Ipswich Crown Court, who resumed their deliberations today, found Olusola Akinrele, 34, of Whittlesey, guilty of murder. He had denied the charge.

Yesterday the baby's mother, Kelly Inman, 22, also of Whittlesey, was found not guilt of murder and of causing the baby's death.

The jury had heard how the baby, Leeya Akinrele, had suffered a fracture of skulls and had bites on her face and hands before she died in December 2006.

Leeya was born on November 7, 2006, but on December 18 of that year emergency services were called to the Whittlesey home in Lapwing Drive after she apparently appeared lifeless.

The baby was taken into hospital but less than a fortnight later, and with no chance of recovery, the decision was taken to switch of a life support machine.

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Evidence emerged in court that the baby suffered brain damage and multiple fractures.

Inman has admitted allowing the baby's death and both she and the baby's father have been remanded in custody to await sentence.

Detective Inspector Jim McCrorie of Cambridgeshire Police said "Today Olusola Akinrele has been found guilty of murder in what was a truly horrendous crime.

"Baby Leeya suffered a painful seven weeks during her short life and a traumatic death at the hands of Akinrele.

"Although Kelly Ann Inman has been found not guilty of murder I am satisfied we presented a full and comprehensive case to the jury.