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Child killer DJ to be sentenced

A DJ who murdered his girlfriend's "bright and chatty" three-year-old daughter when he was supposed to be looking after her will be sentenced today.

Delroy Catwell was alone with Lylah Aaron at their home in Sheffield when he subjected her to what police called a "forceful and sustained attack".

Catwell, 31, denied murdering Lylah but was found guilty by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday.

He showed no emotion as the jury foreman read out the verdict but Lylah's mother, Precious Chibanda, was overcome in the public gallery and had to be consoled by friends and relatives.

During a two-week trial, the jury of five women and seven men heard how Catwell, Lylah and Ms Chibanda shared a house in Beck Road, in the Shiregreen area of Sheffield.

On February 8, Catwell was left in charge of Lylah as her mother went to work at Derby Royal Infirmary as a trainee nurse.

The court heard how her mother returned later to find her daughter in bed and only later realised she was unconscious. She had suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital.

Experts said Lylah suffered a brain injury consistent with being hit by a hard object. The post-mortem examination revealed her injuries were caused by "repeated impacts to her face and skull".

It also found bruises on her body consistent with being punched, kicked and slapped, and she had three broken ribs.

The examination showed she had been attacked before, the jury was told.

Forensic examination of a bedroom in the house suggested damage to a wall had been caused by someone smashing Lylah's head against it.

The jury heard how Catwell had complained about being sidelined as his girlfriend gave more attention to her daughter.

He described Lylah as demanding and clingy with her mother, taking time away from his relationship with his partner.

When Catwell gave evidence he tried to blame Ms Chibanda for attacking her daughter.

Police said Lylah was "outgoing and bubbly" and should have been attending a pyjama event at her nursery on the day she died.


From Belfast Telegraph