Man jailed for manslaughter of baby son - Slough

12/03/2013

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for the manslaughter of his baby son.

Simon David Hathaway, of Cerne Close, Hayes, Middlesex, was found guilty of the manslaughter of his 38-day-old son Jordan, following a trial at Reading Crown Court. He was sentenced there on Thursday, 07 March 2013.  His wife, Anne Hathaway was acquitted of neglect following the trial.

Jordan was in the sole care of his father on the morning of 22 February 2011, at their former family home in Ingleside, Colnbrook with Poyle, Slough, when he suffered fatal injuries including fractures to his leg, arm and ankle, as well as injuries caused by being violently shaken and/or thrown onto a soft surface.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched.  This was a tragic crime, which led to the untimely death of 38-day-old Jordan Hathaway.  It is impossible to imagine a more vulnerable victim.

"This was an extremely difficult and complex case to prosecute.  Without any eye witnesses, we needed lengthy and highly technical evidence from top medical experts to help provide an explanation as to why this baby died.  This evidence enabled the prosecution to piece together what had happened and exclude any possible innocent explanation for the baby's death.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Jordan. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help his extended family come to terms with this tragic event.

"Simon Hathaway has today been sentenced to six and a half years imprisonment. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss of Jordan. Our thoughts are very much with his extended family at this time."

Investigating Officer Detective Sergeant David Honeyball said: "Throughout this protracted and complex investigation, our focus has always been on gaining justice for Jordan, who suffered horrific and ultimately fatal injuries at the hands of his father.

"At the end of the trial, the judge commended Thames Valley Police for its investigation and thanked the jury for their close attention during what was an emotive and detailed trial.

"I would like to thank Joanna Glynn QC, Rachel Drake (counsel), and Louise Chitty and Janice Duncan of the Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit for their commitment to this case, and all the medical witnesses who gave evidence during the trial."