Update: To be released on Friday, 16th August 2019. Laverick will be given an immediate release without tagging. Laverick has shown absolutely no remorse for killing baby Tommy-Lee, and has even resorted to threatening the family with violence from prison

November 2015

Father who killed his four-week-old son jailed for eight-and-a-half years


A father has been jailed for eight-and-and-half-years after being convicted of shaking his baby to death at a flat in Hull.

Tommy-Lee Laverick-Whitworth was in the sole care of his father, Liam Laverick, when he was fatally injured at his home in Hull, on September 23 last year.

Liam Laverick, of Hull shook the fragile infant – who measured 52cm from head to foot – because he was angry about him crying on September 23, 2014.

He was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and transferred to a hospital in Leeds, where he died two days later from a “catastrophic brain injury”.

He was just 27 days old.

A post-mortem examination found the youngster, who died last September, suffered bleeding around his brain.

Jurors heard Laverick killed his son by shaking or throwing him.

Eight women and four men returned a unanimous verdict of manslaughter today after a ten day trial and two days of deliberations.

Prosecutors said the father-of-three shook Tommy-Lee in anger because he was crying when Laverick wanted to sleep.

As well as taking the life of their son, Laverick was violent and abusive towards the mother. A serious case review found Laverick was known to the authorities as a “domestic abuse perpetrator”.

It reveals social workers stopped monitoring the family just months before the tot was born because the team were confident of his older sibling’s welfare.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gadd, of Humberside Police, said: “Tommy-Lee was a defenceless baby who was less than a month old when he tragically died.

“He had his life cruelly taken away from him and justice has today been done for him.

“This was a complex case with a significant amount of expert medical evidence and was upsetting and distressing for all involved.

“Today’s result is testament to the hard work of the dedicated team who investigated this terrible tragedy and I am pleased that Liam Laverick is now being held to account for his crime.”