Life sentence for grandson's murder

26/11/2015

A Lincoln man has pleaded guilty eight days into his trial for the murder of his grandson in December 2014.

Stewart Greene drowned his grandson, nine-year-old Alex Robinson, in the bath at the home of his daughter in Lincoln on 23 December last year. He had been discharged from in-patient mental health care on 11 December.

While the rest of the family were out at the supermarket, Greene took Alex from his X-box, where he had been playing, to the bathroom and drowned him. The rest of his family arrived home to find the front door locked and tragically Alex could not be resuscitated.

Greene admitted killing Alex, but pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was tried for murder, and following submissions from the prosecution and psychiatric evidence, the Judge ruled that he could not use this defence in court. He subsequently changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 22 years.

Karen Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands, said: "Stewart Greene has inflicted tragedy on his own family in the most callous way possible. His ex-wife, daughter and granddaughter left the house for no more than an hour and in that time he took the life of their little boy.

"Stewart Greene maintained that his actions were attributable to his mental health condition. The prosecution team refused to accept the manslaughter plea and proceeded on a charge of murder. It was important that he was brought before the court to answer for the full extent of his criminality.

"The Judge ruled that he was not substantially impaired.

"Every now and again, we see cases here at the CPS that are particularly harrowing, and this is one of those. My heart goes out to Alex's family as they have to cope with their loss."