June 2016

Nottingham man jailed for 13 years after ‘water-boarding’ child


A man has been jailed for 13 years and three months after admitting he “water-boarded” a child.

Earld Jason Romans, of Nottingham, admitted a charge of grievous bodily harm with intent against an infant child and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today.

The 29-year-old changed his plea part-way through his trial.

The child was rushed to hospital on November 27 last year after paramedics were called to a house in Bulwell.

The youngster was later admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre with a life-threatening condition, having being subjected to, what Judge Spencer described as, an episode of “water-boarding”.

Roman’s account was not consistent with police evidence, which included medical reports showing that the child had consumed in excess of five pints of water in a short period of time.

Around 40 marks were also found on the child’s body, the majority of which were consistent with physical abuse.

Initial medical opinion was extremely bleak and it was expected that the child would not survive.

However, contrary to all odds, the child did make a full recovery and the paediatric intensive care unit staff were commended in court for their actions and care.

Waterboarding is a form of water torture in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning.