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Kemarni Watson Darby suffered “a catalog of horrendous injuries” in the weeks before her death, which were so severe they were compared to those of a car accident victim.
Convicted drug lord Nathaniel Pope, 32, was found unanimously guilty of murdering the three-year-old boy in his home by a Birmingham Crown Court jury on Tuesday.
Kemarni’s mother, Alicia Watson, 30, was acquitted of murdering her son, but she was found guilty of causing or allowing the child’s death.
Each was also found guilty of multiple counts of child cruelty.
Heartbreaking CCTV video played in court shows Watson and Kemarni walking to and from a medical center appointment, where she claimed she had a stomach virus, and visiting a McDonald’s just hours before she died.
Ms Justice Tipples praised the ‘extremely impressive’ jury for her ‘dedication and commitment’ throughout the 65-day trial, as one juror openly wept after delivering the verdicts.
The judge herself was moved when she further ordered the 10-member panel of five men and five women to be discharged from future jury service for life due to the “horrific nature of the facts” they had had to consider for 20 weeks.
Watson and Pope, who blamed each other from the witness stand, were told at the four-month trial that they were “partners in crime” and continued to live together for several months after Kemarni’s death.
The jury found that the young man died of abdominal injuries on the afternoon of June 5, 2018, after Pope “crushed” his rib cage in the couple’s two-bedroom apartment in West Bromwich.
But also among the fatal injuries to Kemarni’s body were four broken ribs that pathologists believe were caused up to four weeks before he was killed at his West Bromwich home.
Pope, who was jailed for four months in 2011 for a brutal attack on a young mother on a London bus, told the court that he had neither seen nor heard of the fatal attack on Kemarni.
The former warehouse worker has prior convictions for robbery and heroin possession with intent to supply, and was found with a crack ‘rock’ hidden in his buttocks when he was arrested for murder in March 2021.
Watson, who is said to have a ‘zero to 100’ temper, bristled as she testified, blaming Pope and claiming that she only lived with him after her child’s death because she doubted the medical evidence.
During the trial, it emerged that she had bought cannabis and spent money on driving lessons, as Kemarni lost her place in the nursery due to lack of funds.
Expert witnesses said the young man was already suffering from serious injuries when, hours before he was beaten to death, Watson took him to a health center without an appointment, where he told a nurse that his son was sick, he had a high temperature. and he wasn’t eating.
Notes from the visit suggested that Kemarni, who was given medication for a possible stomach bug, had been vomiting for five days and was “not the same as usual”.
Opening the case at the start of the trial, prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said: “Post-mortem examinations revealed that Kemarni had suffered horrendous injuries both on that day and on previous occasions.”
“The injuries were evident both externally and internally when a post-mortem examination was performed.
“Among those injuries were multiple fractures to his skeleton, some of which would have required force similar to that of a car accident or being stomped on.
Recent and non-recent lesions were found. There were multiple fractures on both the left and right sides of his rib cage that could be historically dated to the hours and weeks before his death.
‘At least four separate events caused the fractures. They included corner fractures, fracture lines, partial fractures and a complete transverse fracture.’
Expert witnesses said the young man was already suffering serious injuries when, hours before he was beaten to death, Watson took him to a health center without an appointment.
They were also separately convicted of two other counts of child cruelty in relation to other children.
In a statement released today, Detective Inspector James Mahon, who led the investigation, said: “It has been a horrible case for everyone involved and I would like to extend my thanks to the jury, who have engaged and considered everything presented to them, they are ordinary members of the public who have had to listen to the details of this case for more than 10 weeks.’
He added: ‘Kemarni was very young and would not have been able to explain what was happening, or the pain he felt to those caring for him.
“It is absolutely horrifying that the two people who were supposed to care for him the most were the ones who caused his injury and ultimately death.”
“I hope the conviction of Pope and Watson today will at least give Kemarni’s loved ones some kind of closure.”
Pope and Watson will be sentenced on May 23.