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Guilty: Northampton drug dealer who murdered two-year-old son

Raphael Kennedy and his son Dylan, who he has been convicted of killing. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A drug dealer has today been found guilty of brutally murdering his two-year-old son in Northampton.

Raphael Kennedy, of Arthur Street, Northampton, was convicted at the end of a three-week trial at Northampton Crown Court.

The jury of seven women and five men returned their unanimous verdict in just over six hours.

His son Dylan Tiffin-Brown died after being assaulted by his father on December 15, last year.

Dylan suffered multiple lacerations to his liver, substantial bleeding to his abdomen and multiple rib fractures in a sustained assault.

Blood tests also showed the two-year-old had extremely high levels of Class A drugs in his system, which Kennedy admitted being responsible for.

In a statement, Dylan's mum described him as the "most perfect little boy you could ever meet".

"He had a smile as bright as the sun, his eyes were crystals like the stars above and his love was the best feeling in the world.

"Dylan loved singing and dancing, but now he will be dancing in the sky. Knowing I won’t get to hold my baby again leaves a pain like no other.

"Your footprints have left a forever memory in my heart, my sleeping prince, I love you Dyl.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Northamptonshire Police for their hard work and support in the last year."

– Dylan's mum
Two-year-old Dylan died after a sustained assault. Credit: Northamptonshire Police

During cross examination, Kennedy admitted that his main income came from selling heroin and crack cocaine.

The court heard how he had previously been convicted for GBH after breaking the jaw of an ex-partner.

“In court, Kennedy outlined that up until the morning of December 15, Dylan was a healthy, typical two-year-old and that he took a turn for the worse when he tripped and fell over.

"To be absolutely clear – three nationally recognised professional experts in this field all agreed that the catastrophic injuries which caused Dylan’s death cannot be explained by a simple fall.

“It is unimaginable for most of us to believe that a parent could be responsible for killing their child. Sadly, Dylan was brutally beaten to death by his father, Raphael Kennedy just ten days before Christmas.”

– DCI Ally White