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Alfie Lamb 'cried and coughed' as car seat was pushed against him, court hears

A woman who was sitting in the back seat of a car in which a toddler was allegedly crushed to death has told an Old Bailey jury the little boy cried and coughed when the seat was pushed back against him.

Alfie Lamb Credit: PA

Alfie Lamb was sitting in the footwell of the car wedged between the rear seat and the front passenger seat when it’s alleged Stephen Waterson twice moved his chair back as far as it could go.

The three year old’s brain was starved of oxygen causing him to fall unconscious. He died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Witness Emilie Williams, 19, was sitting next to Alfie’s mother in the back of the vehicle.

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson asked her: "What noise did Alfie make when the seat was moved back?"

Speaking via video link Emilie Williams replied:

He was crying.

– Emilie Williams, passenger

What noise did Alfie make when the seat was moved back for a second time?

– Duncan Atkinson, prosecutor

He was crying and coughing.

– Emilie Williams, passenger

What type of cough?

– Duncan Atkinson, prosecutor

Normal but it sounded like he was going to bring sick up with it.

– Emilie Williams, passenger

Earlier the court heard that Alfie went quiet after he stopped crying and when the occupants of the car arrived in Croydon were unable to wake him up.

Waterson is alleged to have become irate with Alfie because he complained he did not have enough room during the journey as he sat in the back footwell, between his mother's legs.

Stephen Waterson, 25, and Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare, 23, are on trial charged with manslaughter.