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Couple who staged baby's death on London bus have sentences cut

A couple who tried to cover up their baby’s torture and death by pretending to discover her dead on a bus have had their sentences cut.

Rosalin Baker boarded the number 25 bus with her dead baby, as Jeffrey Wiltshire gave her a thumbs up Credit: Met Police

Jeffrey Wiltshire, 53, and Rosalin Baker, 26, have each had a year taken off their original 11-year jail terms by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

They were acquitted of murder at a trial earlier this year, but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child.

The court heard they had concocted a “devious” plan to get away with the abuse of their 16-week-old daughter Imani, which culminated in her death in September last year.

Baker, who boarded a number 25 bus to Stratford, east London, with their dead child in a sling, sought help from passengers claiming her daughter had suddenly stopped breathing.

Rosalin Baker and Jeffrey Wiltshire have each had their sentences cut by a year Credit: Met Police

This is a case with numerous aggravating features. Imani was defenceless and extremely vulnerable.

Both appellants were in a position of trust towards her which they grossly abused.

– Appeal court judge Mr Justice Jay

In the Court of Appeal's judgement, the sentencing judge "gave insufficient weight to his finding that this was a case of constructive knowledge, albeit one which... was at the upper end of the spectrum of gravity applicable to such cases".

Mr Justice Jay added: "We are accordingly persuaded that the sentences he imposed were manifestly excessive."