Father jailed for murder of two-year-old son

|News, Violent crime

A drug dealer has today (30 October) been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 24 years, for the murder of his two-year-old son.

Dylan Tiffin-Brown died from severe abdominal injuries sustained while he was in the sole care of his father, Raphael Kennedy, 31, at his flat in Northampton.

Kennedy denied responsibility for his son’s death but was convicted on 19 October following a three-week trial at Northampton Crown Court.

He was jailed for life, to serve minimum term of 24 years, on 30 October.

The CPS presented evidence of Dylan’s injuries to show that they were inflicted while he was alone with Kennedy.

The defendant did not call the emergency services until an hour and half had passed, during which time the catastrophic nature of Dylan’s injuries would have been clear.

Janine Smith, from the CPS, said: “The CPS demonstrated to the court that Raphael Kennedy was responsible for Dylan’s tragic death and that by failing to seek immediate medical help, he was trying to cover up what he had done.

“We produced medical evidence to show when the attack took place and that Kennedy's account of events could not have been true because of the severity of Dylan’s injuries.

“For someone to be guilty of murder, the prosecution must prove that the defendant intended to kill or do serious harm at the moment they inflicted the injuries. Even if a defendant has not planned the attack beforehand and regrets what they have done afterwards, the correct charge is still murder.

“I would like to express my sympathy to Dylan’s family and loved ones.”

Kennedy will be sentenced at a later date.

Notes to editors

  • Janine Smith is Chief Crown Prosecutor with CPS East Midlands
  • Raphael Kennedy (D.o.B 25/02/87) was charged with and found guilty of one count of murder.

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