Alfie Lamb's killer jailed for crushing boy, 3, to death with Audi car seat in 'fit of childish temper'

A TWISTED thug who crushed his girlfriend's three-year-old son to death in the footwell of a car because he wouldn't stop crying has been caged.

Little Alfie Lamb died in a "matter of minutes" in Stephen Waterson's Audi A4 in February 2018 after the thug was said to have flown into a "fit of childish temper".

As the youngster sobbed for his "mummy", snarling Waterson told him "I'm not being told what to do by a three-year-old" before again slamming his chair back.

Alfie, who weighed two-and-a-half stone and was just over three feet tall, was crushed in a 9.5cm gap with 12 stone of weight on his tiny body in the first case of it kind.

"Arrogant" Waterson – the adopted son of former Tory cabinet minister Nigel Waterson – has now been jailed for seven years and six months at the Old Bailey.

Alfie's mum Adrian Hoare is currently serving two years in prison after being found guilty of child cruelty in February.

Sentencing, Justice Kerr branded Waterson “manipulative, controlling, deceitful and sometimes violent" – but said he had moved his seat back "for his own comfort".


He added: "You began a campaign of lies to keep yourself out of trouble from the moment you realised Alfie was seriously hurt.

“You resorted to threats of violence, saying you could make people disappear.

“You would have concealed the truth forever if you could.”

He pleaded guilty in September to manslaughter by gross negligence after a trial earlier this year saw jurors unable to reach a verdict.

He also admitted perverting the course of justice and was convicted of intimidating a witness.

Waterson received a further two years for intimidation and 18 months for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice to run concurrently with each other.

Alfie's aunt Ashleigh Jeffrey today said the youngster's death had a "dreadful impact" on the family.

In a statement read in court, she said: "Every time I saw Alfie, he was so happy. He always wanted to play and had such a bright imagination. He had the best smile and he was always smiling.

"Alfie's death has had such a profound effect on me, my life, my health, my children, my relationship.

"When I found out that Stephen had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Alfie it was like a huge weight had been lifted but it also made it all feel so much more real. He could have avoided so much more upset in people's lives had he just owned up in the beginning."


The couple had gone shopping for cushions in Sutton, accompanied by Alfie, Emilie Williams, 20, Marcus Lamb, 22, and another young child in February last year.

Pregnant Williams avoided jail today after admitting conspiring to pervert the course of justice. She was handed a five-month suspended sentence.

Jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mum moments before he was put in the car for the journey back to Croydon, south London.

Waterson had become annoyed at Alfie's crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother's feet.

The maximum space in the foot well was 30cm, and, at the touch of a button, that could be reduced to just 9.5cm.

Terrified Alfie screamed for his "mummy" but Hoare just slapped him and told him to "shut up" as Waterson shoved his seat back.

By the time they arrived home, the boy, who had previously travelled in the footwell, had collapsed and stopped breathing.

Alfie, nicknamed "Little Tarzan" by his mum and Waterson, died from crush asphyxia three days later with injuries similar to those seen in a car crash.


Waterson originally claimed he had no idea how Alfie died but insisted it had nothing to do with the car seat.

Both he and Hoare cooked up a web of lies to cover their tracks after Alfie's death – with Waterson threatening to "get rid" of anyone who revealed the truth.

Hoare then lied to cops about what happened – claiming he went "floppy" after they were given a lift home in a friend's car.

She also tried telling emergency crews they had got in a taxi before changing her story, while Waterson tried to exploit his "powerful parents" to make himself "untouchable".

Frantic Hoare later text Waterson to say police knew they were lying – with the chilling truth later emerging.


Hoare eventually broke her silence and told her half sister Ashleigh Jeffrey what happened in a taped conversation handed to cops.

When officers searched the flat where the couple lived with Alfie, they found two children's car seats which could have saved his life.

The court heard how Waterson had a history of violence and once threatened to kill Hoare when she was pregnant after she discovered he had cheated with two other women.

He threatened to “drive into a wall”, adding: “I’ll kill myself, you and that baby.”


Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC previously told jurors both Waterson and Hoare played a part in Alfie's death, saying Hoare "fundamentally and fatally" failing to act.

Hoare's heartbroken mum has revealed she will "never forgive" her daughter over the tot's death but will still stand by her.

Speaking after Waterson finally admitted killing the youngster, Janice Templeton-Hoare said: "We all knew he was guilty. He is one evil, nasty person.

"I hope he rots in prison. I mean that from the bottom of my heart."

Waterson's sister also spoke out following the horror and said she wished she had done more to prevent the tragedy.

Samantha Dawson revealed she had been in the car before when Waterson squashed Alfie to punish him and had seen his parents smack and shout at him.

She said: "On one occasion, we were all in the car and Alfie was squashed in the foot-well. I was horrified. He actually said: ‘Mummy, I can’t move.’

“I shouted at Stephen to move him. I didn’t know they did this as a routine – and that it would soon kill Alfie.

"When I heard Alfie was dead, my mind went back to the day in the car and I wished I had been more forceful – could I have saved him?"

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