The case of Amanda Hutton was reported here
last month. The jury in court number 3 at Bradford Crown Court heard some harrowing evidence over a two-week period, but yesterday they took just under five hours
to convict her of manslaughter by gross neglect.
Hutton had been on bail, but after the verdict she was remanded in custody. This morning it was reported that there were large queues at the court waiting to see her sentenced, so large that some people were turned away.
Today, her adult son Tariq Khan was in the dock alongside her; he was charged with preventing the interment of the corpse; he claimed duress.
What might be called Hutton's house of horror was uncovered only when a junior police officer, PCSO Jodie Dunsmore, followed what she called her gut instinct and effected entry. Even Hutton's defence counsel called what this officer encountered a scene of utter horror.
The day her son starved to death, Hutton ordered a pizza, which was no doubt washed down with vodka. Indeed, she was still drunk when she was booked into the police station.
Sentencing Hutton this afternoon, Judge Roger Thomas QC said it was one of Hutton's neighbours who had alerted social services around six months before the boy's body was found.
The judge took a short break until 12.30 p.m. and began sentencing Hutton then or shortly after. In total she received a 15-year sentence: 12 years for manslaughter by gross neglect, and three years for neglecting five of her other children to run consecutively. The judge said it was difficult to imagine a worse case of child neglect by a parent. She was said to have shown no reaction as she was sentenced. Her son Tariq was given a two-year suspended sentence.