May 2013

Karl Walker sentenced to life for murder of two-month-old Logan Ormston

Karl Walker has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years after being convicted of two-month-old Logan Ormston’s murder at Newcastle Crown Court

The 25-year-old baby killer of Friars Dene Road, Gateshead, will today start his life sentence behind bars after being convicted of murdering two-month-old Logan Ormston’.

The baby’s mum Courtney Ormston, 21, of King Street, Alnwick, was found guilty of allowing the infant’s death and has been given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Little Logan was rushed to Newcastle RVI with multiple injuries, including a severe head injury, in March 2011.

Detective Chief Inspector Christina Barrett, senior investigating officer, said: “Logan Ormston died because the people who should have been protecting him completely failed him.

“Instead of caring for him he suffered at their hands, and ultimately met his death.

“Our thoughts remain with Logan’s father and grandparents and the rest of his family who have lost him in such awful circumstances and we hope they are now able to attempt to move on with their lives

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in what has been a harrowing investigation for their commitment to ensuring those responsible were brought to justice.”

Logan’s dad, Mickey Rathbone, said: “Logan’s death has affected me badly. I put my trust in these people to look after my son and this happened, it’s left me feeling angry and disappointed. This shouldn’t have to happen to anybody, no-one should have to go through this.”

Sentencing Walker, Mr Justice Eder said: “I accept you never intended to kill Logan and there was no premeditation.

“But you previously lied about the circumstances of Logan’s death and did not accept responsibility for your actions until the start of the trial.”

When handing Ormston her sentence, he said: “There is no greater tragedy than losing a child and your loss of Logan is a terrible tragedy that you have had to live with for the last two years and you will live with for the rest of your life.”