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Man Who Killed His 2-Day-Old Baby for Crying Too Much Is Murdered by Cellmate | “Baby Killer”
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Man Who Killed His 2-Day-Old Baby for Crying Too Much Is Murdered by Cellmate | “Baby Killer”

John Westland allegedly killed his fellow inmate with a broken bottle of aftershave. The victim showed signs of asphyxiation caused by pressure on his head and face.

Liam Deane, 22, was killed by his fellow inmate because he was a "baby killer"
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Trigger Warning: This article contains themes of child abuse and infanticide that some readers may find distressing.

Liam Deane, then 22, who was sentenced to prison because he killed his 2-day-old daughter by punching her, was found dead in his cell in 2017. It was revealed that he was murdered by his fellow inmate John Westland, who was himself serving a sentence for rape and grievous harm and abuse. Westland was arrested, and given a minimum of 19 years in prison, per The Sun. The two men began sharing a single cell in the vulnerable prison wing almost a week prior to the killing. All cell sharing risk assessments were successfully conducted on them but nothing was found. On the 19th of November 2017, the emergency cell bell was triggered from Westland and Deane's cell and was quickly responded to, by an Operational Support Grade (OSG). Upon their arrival, Westland informed them that Deane had self-harmed but soon got arrested on the suspicion of his murder. Westland initially indicated to the officers that he wanted to confess to his crime but when interrogated, he consistently replied "no comments."

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During his trial, Westland told the jury that he believed Liam Deane was a sex offender, which was untrue.“It’s an unfortunate consequence of life in prison that those who are themselves guilty of serious offenses, as you were, will find another inmate to look down on. Given the nature of your conviction, some might find that to be rank hypocrisy,” said Judge Jameson at his trial. The trial revealed that the convict killed his fellow inmate with a broken bottle of aftershave and the victim showed signs of asphyxiation caused by pressure on his head and face. Shards of glass were found on a chair near the bunk bed with fingerprints matching Westland’s. Westland informed the jury that Deane was often addressed as a “baby killer” around the prison and faced daily threats and taunts.