Man guilty of manslaughter of 11-year-old niece
A man who beat his 11-year-old niece to death with improvised weapons including a broken table leg has today (16 August) been found guilty of manslaughter.
Delroy Forrester, 51, killed Jasmine Forrester at his mother’s home in Wolverhampton on 9 February this year.
A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that a few days before the incident Forrester had been suffering from a psychotic mental disorder.
On the night of the attack, Forrester visited his mother’s home where both he and Jasmine were due to stay that evening.
After being let into the house he attacked both Jasmine and his mother.
Forrester’s mother attempted to protect Jasmine before raising the alarm with a neighbour, telling him the defendant was attacking her great-granddaughter and she thought she might be dead.
When police officers arrived Forrester was still attacking Jasmine who was found with serious injuries and taken to hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.
Forrester was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility following a trial and will be sentenced on 24 September.
Giovanni D’Alessandro from the CPS said: “Jasmine was a friendly, caring and well-liked girl who had a bright future ahead of her. This was all taken away by Delroy Forrester.
“On the night of the murder, he attacked his elderly mother and, while she tried to get help, used a series of improvised weapons to launch a frenzied attack on Jasmine, inflicting serious injuries to her head and body.
“The jury accepted the defendant was suffering from a mental disorder but dismissed his claim he did not know what he was doing was wrong.
“This was a tragic incident and our thoughts are with Jasmine’s family and friends.”
Notes to editors
- Giovanni D’Alessandro is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands
- Delroy Forrester was charged and found guilty of one count of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility