A mother who killed her three-year-old daughter has been found guilty of manslaughter today. The judge told Lesley Dunford she had turned from carer to killer. Tom Savvides has been following the case.
A mother who smothered her three year old daughter was described by a judge as going from "carer to killer". Lesley Dunford, 33, was convicted at Lewes Crown Court of the manslaughter of her 3 year old daughter Lucy at home in Camber, East Sussex, in 2004. She was gaoled for seven years.
D C I Nick Sloan said "This was tragic case for everybody. There was a thorough police investigation at the time but evidence then did not support a prosecution. However my team's carried out a thorough analysis of all the evidence and we are glad to see that justice has now been done for Lucy."
Roadworks on a major route through East Sussex have been halted after the discovery of rare newts. Work has been going on to repair and resurface the A259 near Rye but a Great Crested Newt has been discovered in a ditch beside the road.
It's a protected species and must be relocated before the work can continue. The owner of a nearby farm shop says he's suffered a 30% drop in trade since the work started. Peter Anthony says he can't afford to pay all the staff at his business, Salts Farm Shop.
He says he can't understand why the newts weren't looked for earlier. It's feared the completion of the roadworks may be postponed for up to a year.