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

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

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.

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.

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."