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Mother welcomes river death verdict

The devastated mother of a five-year-old girl who was murdered by her father has welcomed his conviction but added: "Nothing's going to bring back my Gabby."

Gabrielle Grady died on Valentine's Day last year, three days after her father Christopher Grady plunged his car into the River Avon in Evesham, Worcestershire, as she sat on the front passenger seat.

Her brother Ryan, who was six at the time, was on the back seat of the silver Vauxhall Vectra estate as it began to sink but survived after being pulled from the freezing water by police.

Grady, 42, was convicted of murder and attempted murder by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

The children's mother, Kim Smith, 37, punched the air as she left the court building and said: "I am happy, don't get me wrong, very very happy.

"Nothing is going to bring back my Gabby but at least I know that justice is going to be done, and it has been done."

The judge, Mr Justice Lindblom, told Grady he would face a mandatory life sentence when the minimum term for the offences is decided next Tuesday.

The jury of seven women and five men was told Grady drove into the river after a series of arguments with Miss Smith, his ex-partner, over his access to their two children.

Grady and Ryan were pulled from the water by police and firefighters at the scene but Gabrielle was stuck in her father's submerged car for two hours.

The court heard that her body temperature was just 14C when she arrived at Birmingham Children's Hospital after being pulled through the vehicle's sunroof by police divers. She was pronounced dead three days after the incident.


From Belfast Telegraph