Barking pair found guilty of horrific abuse to baby

10:41 28 February 2013

Two people from Barking were found guilty of horrific cruelty to a baby girl in a case which police and doctors described as one of the worst they had ever seen.

Raphael Belinga, 45 and Teodora Predescu, 34, were found guilty of GBH with intent at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday after subjecting the youngster to eight months of abuse.

Police discovered the one-year-old lying motionless on a bed covered with injuries, including extensive bruising to her head, face and body, two black eyes, a split upper lip, a cauliflower ear, and abrasions to her torso.

She was also dehydrated, anaemic and malnourished.

Emergency services, who initially thought the baby was dead, were called to a property in Barking on August 25 last year after concerns were raised about the child’s welfare.

She was taken to hospital and doctors described her injuries as some of the worst they had ever seen on a young child.

Belinga and Presdescu were arrested and charged on August 26. They said the tot had fallen down the stairs but were found guilty of GBH with intent after a two-week trial.

They admitted further charges of cruelty to a young person under 16 and causing or allowing serious physical injury to a child.

Detective Constable Debbie Crowder, from the child abuse investigation command, said: “These injuries are the worst I have seen inflicted on a young child where the child has survived.

“Not only was she badly abused she was also left living in pain while her injuries received no treatment or medical attention.

“She is lucky to have been found when she was as the medical evidence in the trial confirmed she would have died from her injuries.”

The pair will be sentenced next Wednesday.

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 27, 2016
A man in his sixties stabbed in the face 'with a pair of scissors' this morning (Picture: Getty)

Scotland Yard say they have arrested someone after a man was viciously stabbed in the face with a pair of scissors in west London.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Michael Purcell has been jailed for life

A Cricklewood steelworker who murdered his lesbian flatmate showed his hatred of her sexuality by mutilating her genitals it has been revealed today.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Police said men fired shots at a car in Armitage Road in Greenwich (Picture: Street View)

A young man was rushed to hospital last night after he was shot at ‘while in his car’ on a Greenwich street, Scotland Yard said.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Armed police will patrol Brent

Armed police will be patrolling the streets of Brent following an increase in shootings in the borough.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The mystery girl was found wandering in  the evening in Daleham Gardens

Police are trying to trace an 11-year-old girl who was discovered wandering in the street in her pyjamas saying she had run away from home.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Operation Viper will see more armed police on London's streets  (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Armed police patrols will target gun crime hotspots across the capital after a rise in the number of shootings, as Scotland Yard says there are more guns on the streets.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport