September 2017

Father admits killing his one-year-old son with a hammer and trying to murder another young child

A father has admitted killing his one-year-old son and trying to murder another young child.

Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, attacked the toddlers at a flat near Finsbury Park, north London, on the evening of Saturday March 18.

The boy, Gabriel Bibekdas Sonu, died in the early hours of the following morning, while a girl was left fighting for her life.

A post-mortem examination into Gabriel’s death gave the cause as blunt force trauma.

Das, of Finsbury Park, was due to face trial next month for murder and attempted murder.

But at a brief hearing, he pleaded guilty to Gabriel’s manslaughter by diminished responsibility and the attempted murder of the other child, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones said that in light of psychiatric reports, the pleas were accepted.

The defendant was assisted in the dock by a Bengali interpreter.

Sentencing was adjourned until October 12.

Mr Justice Spencer said options include a discretionary life sentence, a hospital order with indefinite restrictions, or a hybrid order.