WARNING UPSETTING CONTENT Alicia Watson’s boyfriend, Nathaniel Pope, allegedly locked Kemarni Watson Darby in a bedroom at the couple’s flat until the child ‘calmed down’
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A man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s ‘naughty’ three-year-old son locked the boy in a room and used electrical cables to force the door shut, a murder trial has heard.
Alicia Watson’s boyfriend, Nathaniel Pope, allegedly locked Kemarni Watson Darby in a bedroom at the couple’s flat until the child ‘calmed down’.
He would use an electrical wire to stop the door from opening as Kemarni banged on it to be let out, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Kemarni was found ‘lifeless’ at his home in West Bromwich, West Midlands, on June 5 2018, reports Birmingham Live.
Prosecutors allege he died after a ‘vicious, forceful assault’ which split his abdomen and caused a ‘massive’ internal bleed.
Ms Watson and Mr Pope are accused of subjecting the toddler to repeated ‘extremely painful’ assaults in the months before his death.
Ms Watson, 30, of Raglan Road in Handsworth, Birmingham, and Mr Pope, 31, of Evans Street, Wolverhampton, both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges.
A witness – who cannot be named for legal reasons – claimed Mr Pope would lock the youngster in a room ‘a lot’ but ‘never really’ beat him.
In an interview played to jurors, the witness said: “Pope used to get the wire and turn it around the door handle.
“It was like some electrical wire that was snapped off. He would wrap it around the door handle.
“Kemarni would just bang on the door and try and get out. [Pope] would just do nothing.”
Jurors in the murder trial heard how Ms Watson would allegedly beat Kemarni ‘really hard’ when he misbehaved.
Kemarni would be left feeling ‘really upset’ after the assaults and would just stay in his cot, the witness claimed.
The witness went on to say Ms Watson would not kick or punch her son but would only slap him.
They said: “Kemarni was naughty. He always threw toys at people and swore because he got angry at people for some reason.”
They added: “Kemarni did a lot of naughty things. He used to always slam the doors. He used to take off his nappy and run.
He used to open the door when Watson was on the toilet.
“She got angry and kept on having to clean the carpet because he weed and pooed. She would beat him up really hard.”
Ms Watson would never slap Kemarni on his face or arms, the witness added.
They said: “She always had that angry face. She did not punch or kick, it was mostly slapping.”
Kemarni was left with a ‘plethora’ of severe injuries including multiple fractures to his rib cage, as well as wounds to his liver and colon.
Bruising was uncovered on his lungs, head, mouth, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, back and legs, prosecutors previously said.
The ‘catalogue’ of injuries also included scars to the eyes, cheeks,
knees and limbs.
The trial continues.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.