October 2019

Wallsend stabbing: Father admits murder of baby boy

A man has admitted murdering his three-week-old son and attempting to murder the child’s mother.

Andrei Stefan and his mother Andreea Stefan were found with stab wounds at a property on Portland Close, Wallsend, North Tyneside, on 2 October.

They were taken to hospital, but Andrei died four days later, while 21-year-old Andreea survived.

Denis Erdinch Beytula, 27, pleaded guilty to both charges at Newcastle Crown Court.

Beytula, of Portland Close, Wallsend, was remanded in custody by Judge Penny Moreland ahead of his sentencing on 19 December.

Emergency services were called to the property at about 02:15 BST on 2 October, where they found both Ms Stefan and baby Andrei with critical injuries.

As the mother’s condition improved in hospital her son’s worsened, and he was eventually declared dead.

Police said Beytula stabbed the mother and child after an argument.

Ms Stefan was able to dial 999 before Beytula rang police himself just seconds later to tell them what had happened and he was arrested at the scene.

In a statement after the hearing she said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank to everyone who came to leave flowers and toys and paid respect to my son.

“I really appreciate it and thanks to everyone for the messages, it’s really nice to see how you guys support me and my family during this hard time.”