A man who allegedly squashed his girlfriend’s young child to death by reversing a car seat has been accused of using the fact his father is a former Tory minister to make himself “untouchable”, a court has heard.
Stephen Waterson, 25, from Croydon, allegedly pushed his car seat into three-year-old Alfie Lamb in the footwell behind, causing his death by crush asphyxia, in February last year.
In an interview with police, the nightclub worker name-dropped his adoptive father Nigel Waterson, a former minister and lawyer, jurors at the Old Bailey were told.
Nigel Waterson was the Conservative MP for Eastbourne from 1992 until 2010 and was a junior minister in the government of John Major.
Stephen Waterson and Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare, 23, have denied manslaughter but have admitted lying to police.