Man jailed for crushing Alfie Lamb is freed after TWO YEARS in jail

Man jailed for crushing Alfie Lamb is freed after TWO YEARS in jail

Ex-Tory minister’s son who was jailed for more than seven years for crushing Alfie Lamb, three, to death with car seat ‘in fit of temper’ is released early from prison after serving just TWO YEARS behind bars

  • Stephen Waterson, 30, crushed his girlfriend’s son to death in February 2018
  • Alfie Lamb, three, died after Waterson reversed his electronic car seat into him
  • He was jailed for over seven years in 2019 after pleading guilty to manslaughter 
  • Described as ‘arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant’, he has now been freed

The ‘arrogant’ son of a former Tory minister jailed for more than seven years in 2019 for crushing his girlfriend’s three-year-old son to death with his car seat has been released early from prison.

Stephen Waterson, 30, was returning home after shopping in South London when he reversed his electronic car seat onto Alfie Lamb who was sitting at his mother’s feet in the footwell behind.

The child began crying and choking, but his mother Adrian Hoare told him to ‘shut up’ before Waterson put the seat forward again.

By the time the trio arrived at Waterson’s home in Croydon, south London, Alfie had collapsed and stopped breathing.

He died at St Thomas’ Hospital in South London from catastrophic brain damage on February 4, 2018, three days after the sickening incident.

Waterson was not due for release until 2023 and remains on licence until 2025, after being jailed at the Old Bailey for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice by lying to police, and intimidating witnesses.

But the child killer, who was 26 at the time of Alfie’s death, has now been released early.

A source close to the family said they only had notification Waterson was out after he’d been freed. The Ministry of Justice has been approached for comment.

Stephen Waterson, 30, the adopted son of former Tory MP Nigel Waterson, was described by police as ‘arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant’

Alfie Lamb with his mother Adrian Hoare, who was 23 at the time of his death. She was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019 after being convicted of child cruelty

Stephen Waterson (left) pictured with his father Nigel Waterson and mother Barbara

Waterson, the adopted son of former Tory MP Nigel Waterson, who was described by police as ‘arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant’, then tried to avoid prosecution by repeatedly lying and intimidating witnesses.

He denied manslaughter during an earlier trial in which the jury were unable to reach a verdict, before pleading guilty on the first day of his retrial.

During sentencing, Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Timothy Kerr told Waterson that he was ‘manipulative, dishonest, deceitful, controlling, threatening, and sometimes violent’.

The Audi convertible (pictured) in which Waterson crushed Alfie by reversing his electric car seat.  Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare had put him in harm’s way by placing him in the footwell behind the seat

Waterson denied manslaughter during an earlier trial in which the jury were unable to reach a verdict, before pleading guilty on the first day of his retrial. Pictured: Alfie Lamb

Hairdresser Hoare, who was just 24 at the time, was jailed in May 2019 after being convicted of child cruelty.

While her two year and nine month sentence was also cut short, she was recalled to prison last year for breaching her licence conditions.

Before going back however, Hoare, who has lived in both Gravesend and Chatham, told a newspaper she was a good mum.

Hoare, a former Northfleet School for Girls pupil, was cleared of manslaughter.

Alfie Lamb, three, was found unresponsive and later died after a car journey in February 2018 in which he was squashed in the footwell of an Audi convertible

Alfie died at St Thomas’ Hospital in South London from catastrophic brain damage on February 4, 2018, three days after his mother’s boyfriend crushed him in the car

Hoare was recalled to prison last year for breaching her licence conditions. Before going back however, Hoare told a newspaper she was a ‘good mum’

At the conclusion of the court case, Scotland Yard’s detective chief inspector Simon Harding said Alfie died as the result of a ‘selfish and cruel act’.

He said: ‘It’s hard to imagine what sort of pain anyone would go through when you are being crushed in that way. For a three-and-a-half-year-old to be crushed by something so strong and no one helping, it’s a shocking way to die.

‘Stephen Waterson has come across as a selfish, abhorrent individual who killed a three-and-a-half-year-old child and has never stood up and said what has happened and taken responsibility for the actions he performed on that day.’

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