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