Young Islington couple deny killing their baby
PUBLISHED: 17:29 22 December 2010
A YOUNG couple have denied murdering their baby son.
Chana Al-Alas, 18, and Rohan Wray, 21, are accused of killing four-month-old tot Jayden Wray.
Jayden, who lived on the Barnsbury Estate off Copenhagen Street, Islington, had suffered serious head injuries and fractures to his arm and leg.
He was taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital in Bloomsbury on July 22, 2009, but died three days later.
Al-Alas and Wray, who both live in Islington, appeared together in the dock of the Old Bailey for a plea and case management hearing today (Wednesday).
They both pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
Both also denied a charge of causing or allowing the death of a child between Jayden’s birth on March 7, 2009, and his death on July 25, 2009.
The second charge states that they either caused the death of Jayden Wray by their own actions or failed to take steps knowing that he was at risk.
Their trial is due to take place on May 9 next year but may be put back a week due to the commitments of the court.
It is expected to last between four and six weeks.
Al-Alas and Wray have both been released on conditional bail.
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