The couple who were jailed for killing a three-year-old boy by giving him a “salt overdose” have won their appeals against conviction.
Lawyers for Ian and Angela Gay had asked the Court of Appeal in London to accept evidence that toddler Christian Blewitt – who they had planned to adopt – could have died of natural causes as a result of a type of salt diabetes.
Three judges today quashed their convictions and ordered a retrial.
I wrote about the possibilities that the Gays were innocent in the Western Mail last year and later added the article to my blog.
Ian Gay, 39, and his 40-year-old wife, from Halesowen, West Midlands, were each jailed for five years in January last year for manslaughter following a seven-week trial at Worcester Crown Court.
Christian died in hospital four days after being found unconscious in his room on December 8, 2002, at the their house.
* Not that it is important in the context of this tragic case but it is not true that Angela Gay is originally from Merthyr. This appears to have been a mistake made at some point in the early reporting of this case and repeated a number of times in the belief that it was correct. I believed it to be true as well, but was corrected in a polite letter from Mrs Gay from her jail cell.
The Death of Christian Blewitt (update)Posted: April 12, 2006 in Uncategorized
Tags: crime, miscarriage of justice