Man who murdered a ten-week-old boy is sentenced


A Gateshead man who murdered a ten-week-old boy in his care has been given a life sentence at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Karl Walker, 25, of Friars Dene Road, Gateshead was found guilty after trial of the murder of Logan Ormston and was sentenced to life, of which he must spend a minimum of 16 years in prison.

Logan's mother, Courtney Ormston, 21, was also sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 2 years, after being found guilty of allowing the death of a child.

The prosecution was brought after Logan was admitted to the Newcastle RVI in March 2011 with multiple injuries, from which he subsequently died.

Paul Simpson, acting Head of the Complex Casework Unit for CPS North East, said: "We are satisfied with the life sentence passed on Karl Walker today. It is unthinkable that a person could wish any form of harm to an innocent baby, but Walker carried out a series of assaults on Logan Ormston over a number of weeks, culminating in the final violent attack which took his life.

"While Courtney Ormston did not participate directly in these attacks, she made little effort to protect her own son from Walker's cruel and cowardly actions, making her conviction for allowing the death of a child entirely appropriate.

"Our deepest sympathies lie with those who may have known and loved Logan over the course of his short life and we hope that this sentence brings some measure of closure to them."