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Newcastle man sentenced for murder of three-week-old son

|News, Violent crime

A Newcastle man who fatally stabbed his three-week-old son before turning the knife on his partner has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Denis Beytula, 27, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years to serve for murder, and 14 years for attempted murder.

The sentences will be served concurrently (at the same time), meaning he has a minimum of 23 years to serve before he can be considered for release.

He had pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to the murder of his son, Andrei Stefan and the attempted murder of his partner, Andreea Stefan, 21, at their home in Portland Close, Wallsend, in October this year.

Beytula had become jealous of the attention his partner showed towards their new-born son and grew frustrated at the impact that his birth had on their sex life.

His behaviour towards his partner grew increasingly vicious, culminating in his violent attack on them both on 2 October.

In the wake of a heated argument, Beytula stabbed Andrei as he slept in his cot.

When Andreaa saw what he had done, he turned on her, stabbing her repeatedly in the chest and abdomen.

Despite the best efforts of doctors, Andrei died four days later in hospital as a result of his injuries. It was only through good fortune that Andreea herself was not killed.

Each of the stab wounds inflicted on her had missed her major organs and she survived her injuries to provide evidence against Beytula.

Anna Barker, of the CPS, said: “It is clear from the evidence in this case that Denis Beytula is a dangerous and controlling man.

"Throughout their relationship, Beytula had exhibited coercive behaviour towards his partner, Andreaa, and this was significantly exacerbated by the birth of their son earlier this year.

“Where most parents would recognise the birth of a child as an occasion to celebrate, Beytula saw him only as a competitor for his partner’s affections.

"From the point of his birth, Beytula remained distant towards him, repeatedly demonstrating his jealousy that he was no longer the centre of Andreaa’s attention.

“His murder of Andrei and the attempted murder of Andreaa were perhaps the ultimate twisted expression of that jealousy.

"If he could not be the sole recipient of his wife’s affection then he would not allow anyone else to come between them, even his own son.

“It is difficult to comprehend the unthinkable actions of Denis Beytula, or to understand the grief which Andreaa must continue to endure as a result of the death of Andrei in such horrific circumstances.

"We sincerely hope that the sentence passed on Beytula today provide some measure of comfort, at what must remain an incredibly difficult time for her.”

Notes to editors

  • Anna Barker is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East.

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