CPS statement on the sentencing of Carla Scott and Dirk Howell
A mother and her partner have been jailed for killing nine-year-old Alfie Steele.
Alfie’s mother Carla Scott, 35, of Vashon Drive, Droitwich and her partner Dirk Howell, 41, of Princip Street, Birmingham, were sentenced today (15 June 2023) at Coventry Crown Court.
Howell was jailed for life with a minimum term of 32 years for Alfie’s murder and Scott was sentenced to a total sentence of 27 years imprisonment for manslaughter and child cruelty with a minimum term of 17 years.
Paul Reid of the CPS said: “We welcome today’s sentencing which reflects the severity of their crime and brings an end to what has been a long and complex case.
“The Crown Prosecution Service worked with West Mercia Police to build a strong case against Carla Scott and Dirk Howell to prove they were jointly responsible for the death of an innocent and defenceless child.
“As a mother, Scott tragically put her loyalty to her partner above her duty to protect her child. It is a tragedy that Alfie’s life was cruelly taken away by the people who were supposed to love and care for him.
“Our expert prosecutors presented a compelling case to the court, leading Scott to be convicted of manslaughter, while Howell was found guilty of murder. Both defendants will now face significant prison sentences as a result of their actions.
“We hope these verdicts are a reminder that child abuse will not be tolerated, and that those who choose abuse over compassion can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
“I would like to take a moment to express my heartfelt sympathies to Alfie’s family. While the jury’s verdict cannot replace their loss, I hope it brings them a small measure of comfort that the people responsible have been brought to justice.
“The CPS would also like to extend our thanks to West Mercia Police and to the witnesses who gave evidence in this case.”
Notes to editors
- Paul Reid is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.