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Alleged murder of schoolboy Alfie Steele – delay over medical report

A new date must be set for the trial of a couple accused of killing a schoolboy after a delay involving a medical report.

Carla Scott, 34, and Dirk Howell, 39, are accused of killing Alfie Steele after he died at a home in Droitwich on February 18 last year.

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The nine-year-old died at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being airlifted.

The case was heard at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday) where a pre-trial review took place.

However, the delay in the availability of a medical report has cast doubt on the possibility of going ahead with the trial in Coventry on 10 January next year.

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Appearing via video link, the defendants are Mrs Justice May, Jennifer Joseph, the Prosecutor, Alasdair Williamson KC, for Howell, and Rachel Brand KC, for Scott.

A further hearing is scheduled for 16 December at Worcester Crown Court for a new trial date and extension of custody deadlines.

Scott and Howell deny killing, causing or allowing the death of a child in connection with Alfie Steele.

Scott also faces a charge of cruelty towards Alfie – a person under the age of 16 – between July 13, 2019 and February 18, 2021.

As previously reported, the trial was expected to begin on Thursday, October 13th.

But when the case was called into a packed courtroom at Worcester Crown Court, it soon became clear that the trial would not be able to proceed.

On an earlier occasion, the public prosecutor, Mark Heywood, had said more medical evidence was needed for the pre-trial investigation, and asked for the trial to be adjourned.

After the death of Alfie’s grandfather, Paul Scott spoke of his butter-melting smile and inquisitive nature.

“We are absolutely devastated to lose Alfie,” Grandpa said, “He had a smile that melted butter.

“He was clever and inquisitive, and he was as brave as a lion; he was a good Christian boy full of God.”

Flowers, candles, dolls, cards and balloons bearing handwritten messages of love and grief were also laid out on a table outside the house in Copcutt, Droitwich, in the days following his death.


Source: news.google.com

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