This week 60 years ago: Magistrate’s disgust at Islington couple who ‘caused death of two-year-old child’

Islington Gazette: April 18, 1957

Islington Gazette: April 18, 1957 - Credit: Archant

An Islington couple were given six-month prison terms – over the death of their four-year-old son.

Christadoulos and Kyriacou Nicola, of Wynford Road, escaped murder charges.

The boy died from a ruptured bladder and had severe bruising.

But they could only be charged with assault “in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury” at Clerkenwell Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrate Edward Robey said: “You are both very lucky not to be charged with murder.


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“I am quite satisfied in my own mind it was the result of your actions that caused the death of the child.

“You treated it in such a brutal way that I cannot find words to express what I think about you.”

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Imposing the sentence, Mr Robey said he could not give a greater term, but added: “I wish I could.”

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