Child killer 'was under pressure from drug dealer'

Craig Lewis and Louise Barley have both been given jailed. Credit: West Midlands Police

A "frightened" cocaine user owed more than £1,000 to a drug dealer and was in a "pressure cooker" when he lost his temper and killed his partner's sick 22-month-old son, a High Court judge has revealed.

Craig Lewis was under "considerable pressure" from the dealer and had been threatened with violence around the time he assaulted Kieron Barley and caused brain damage, said Mrs Justice Eleanor King.

Kieron Barley died after suffering serious brain injuries. Credit: West Midlands Police

Lewis, who is in his early 30s and comes from Birmingham, was given an eight-year jail term by Judge William Davis QC at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court last month after admitting manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm.

His partner, Louise Barley, who is in her mid-20s and also from Birmingham, was given a 15-month prison term after admitting child cruelty.