The ex-boyfriend of Kyrell Matthew’s mother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years after he was found guilty of murdering the two-year-old.
Kyrell’s mother, Phylesia Shirley, received a 13 year sentence after being acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.
Kemar Brown, 28 and Phylesia, 24 were nailed with the help of recordings that is thought to have been set up by Ms Shirley to spy on Brown, but it turned out to have evidence of Kyrell being abused.
What happened to Kyrell Matthews?
Kyrell was a two year old that was found in cardiac arrest at his home in Thorton Heath, London and died from a fatal liver injury at Croydon University Hospital on October 20, 2019.
He is said to have suffered 41 rib fractures from being “crushed or broken by blows” and a 1.6 inch cut to his liver caused by blunt force trauma.
In a 111 recording of Phylesia who should have called 999 when Kyrell became unresponsive, she said, ‘basically Kyrell has been acting really funny. Like, his body is flopping, and his eyes is rolling back and his chest is not breathing.
Kyrell was non-verbal and suffered regular beatings in the months leading up to his death.
In one harrowing recording, Brown is heard telling Kyrell “you have to ruin the fun” and to “shut up” during an assault.
Another recording captured Shirley hitting her son causing him to cry. Edward Brown QC, prosecuting, told the jury at the Old Bailey during the trial that she put her relationship with Brown above her own child.