Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Karl Isn't the Victim in All This, Logan Is; Child Killer's Mother on Her Son's Conviction

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Karl Isn't the Victim in All This, Logan Is; Child Killer's Mother on Her Son's Conviction

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Byline: RUTH LAWSON

BABY killer Karl Walker's mum today reveals how she is standing by her son and insisted he never meant to murder Logan Ormston.

She spoke out as the 25-year-old started his life sentence in Durham Prison where she revealed he's getting "hassle" from other inmates.

Miriam Walker, said prisoners looked down on her son who was handed a minimum 16-year sentence for the murder of two-month-old Logan.

The tot was rushed to hospital after suffering severe head injuries at the home where he lived with mum Courtney Ormston and her then partner Walker in March 2011.

But he lost his battle for life the following day at Newcastle's RVI. A post mortem found he suffered a catalogue of horrific injuries in the weeks leading up to his death including a fractured arm and bite marks.

Walker was found guilty of murder. Ormston was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and escaped jail being handed a 12-month sentence suspended for two years. Mrs Walker said she felt compelled to speak out on behalf of her son after visiting him in Durham Prison.

She said: "The bairn's in jail and he is getting hassle. I said to him when we went to see him, I said it's normal because people who don't know you will judge you by what they read in the papers or see on TV.

"I was quite scared. When I was talking to him he was looking around all the time. People have been calling him a child killer and now he's got it in his head. There's a difference between not meaning to do it and meaning to do it."

During the three-week trail, Walker admitted attacking Logan in a dramatic courtroom confession.

He told jurors he shook and bit Logan Ormston because he was frustrated when the two-month-old would not stop crying. He said he also "caught his head" on a door frame after picking up the baby to take him upstairs after the attack.

Mrs Walker, 51, said: "My son admitted to shaking the baby, he admitted that, but he is getting the blame for everything even though the judge said that he couldn't say for sure that he caused all the injuries.

"Karl put his hand up and said 'I shouldn't have shook the bairn' and the only reason he didn't say anything two years earlier is because he felt ashamed. …

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