A mum who stands jointly accused of her son’s murder walked out of court this afternoon while his cries were played to a jury.
Phylesia Shirley, 24, and her now ex-boyfriend Kemar Brown, 28, appeared at the Old Bailey in Central London today (January 19) charged with the murder of her son Kyrell – who died a month after his second birthday on October 20, 2019.
Harrowing recordings of Kyrell crying and apparently being hit by his mother and her boyfriend were played to the jury in court today.
Paramedics were called to the family home on the day of Kyrell’s death after Shirley made a 111 call citing that her son was ‘flopping around’. Despite the efforts of medical staff, they were unable to save him.
Harrowing audio footage was played to jurors depicting the vile abuse Kyrell was subjected to before his death
(Image: Croydon Advertiser)
READ MORE: Heartbreaking cries of boy, 2, days before death as mum’s boyfriend ‘mocked him’
Audio recordings were later found on Shirley’s phone, after she had set it up to record what might be going on in the flat when she was away from home.
It is suspected, the court heard, that she was ‘checking up on her boyfriend to see if he was contacting other women’.
In one particular incident from July 13, 2019, Brown could be heard telling a defenceless Kyrell: “No more crying, stop, stop crying” and “What you crying for?”. He can be heard repeating this again and again, but louder.
The Old Bailey
The court then heard what sounded like a slapping noise on the recording before Brown mocks the child’s cry. Kyrell could be heard screaming out for help, even breathless at points, as he was apparently ‘hit and slapped’ repeatedly.
Although Shirley could be heard in some of the footage in which Kyrell was apparently repeatedly hit and slapped on multiple occasions between June 28 and September 6, reliving the incidents in the courtroom appeared too much for the defendant, who walked out of courtroom seven at the Central Criminal Court – followed by a female police officer.
The judge, recorder of London Mark Lucraft, later told the court that he had previously agreed to allow her to leave the courtroom.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police has said that the recordings are too graphic to be released to the public.
Here at MyLondon, we’re doing our very best to make sure you get the latest news, reviews and features from your area.
Now there’s a way you can keep up to date with the areas that matter to you with our free email newsletter.
The West London newsletter goes out twice day and sends you the latest stories straight to your inbox.
From Hillingdon to Harrow, Southall to South Kensington, we’ll make sure you get the very best every day.
To sign up to the West London newsletter, simply follow this link and select the newsletter that’s right for you.
And to really customise your news experience on the go, you can download our top-rated free apps for iPhone and Android. Find out more here.
Shirley and Brown deny murder but Shirley has pleaded guilty to the offence of allowing the death of a child, the jury was told yesterday.
Evidence will be heard from multiple witnesses as well as medical experts, as the trial is expected to last for a number of weeks.
The trial continues tomorrow (January 20) at 10.30am at the Central Criminal Court, otherwise known as the Old Bailey.
Do you have any stories that you think we should be covering? Get in touch by contacting [email protected]
Do you want the latest news in your area sent straight to your inbox? It only takes a few minutes! Click here.