A chilling video of “pure evil” Savannah Brockhill, today convicted of killing toddler Star Hobson, shows the s elf-styled ‘number one psycho’ raining down blow after blow on a punchbag
This is the alarming footage which brings to life the aggressive atmosphere tragic tot Star Hobson was forced to grow up in.
Savannah Brockhill was today convicted of killing the toddler at her home in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
The 16-month-old’s mother Frankie Smith was found guilty of causing or allowing the toddler’s death, but was cleared of murder and manslaughter.
Brockhill was described as “pure evil” by Star’s heartbroken grandfather after the barbaric bouncer’s chilling treatment of the little girl was laid bare.
The video club shows the women branding herself ‘the number one psycho’ and pledging to ‘kneecap’ anyone who ‘even looked’ at her girlfriend.
It showed her raining down vicious blows on a punchbag, five years before she met Smith.
The clip offers a harrowing insight into the power the 28-year-old’s fists possess before she ranted on Snapchat warning off those who are considering messaging her girlfriend.
The jury which convinced her were shown distressing CCTV videos of her arriving at a recycling plant where she worked.
With Star in the back, she later she began punching the child – although the horrendous moment was not shown in the footage released today.
Filmed about eight days before Star’s death, it appeared to show Brockhill punching and slapping Star with what the prosecutor described as “considerable force”, and at one point the youngster fell out of the vehicle. She also grabbed Star by the throat.
Twisted Brockhill often exhibited such violent behaviour, Bradford Crown Court were told.
She boasted in a Snapchat video: “I’m a psycho when it comes to my girlfriend, and wouldn’t mind putting anyone in a chair for the rest of their life if they as much look at her wrongly. Keep safe and don’t message her.”
Then, in a speech to camera, she explains that anyone who comes between the couple would be dealt with.
“Guys and girls you need to remember the fact that Frankie is with me,” she says.
“She keeps getting a lot of message requests and friend requests she’s not going to accept, especially from tramps like you.
“And if you want to keep your kneecaps I suggest you stop sending her them. She’s with the number one psycho.”
Speaking outside court, Star’s great-grandfather David Fawcett said: “I’m just pleased we got a murder conviction for Savannah Brockhill. To me she was just pure evil.”
He added: “We were just a quiet, lovely family and she ascended from the bowels of hell and just completely devastated and wrecked our family.”
Star’s murder has disturbing echoes of Baby P, the 17-month-old boy who died in London in 2007 after suffering more than fifty injuries over an eight-month period.
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He great-granddad, who is the partner of Frankie Smith’s nana Anita, described the social services’ failings as “shambolic”.
Mr Fawcett said of Star: “She was so safe and then dragged down to hell” and said of granddaughter Frankie, that she too had been suffering domestic abuse.
“We could see from the bruises that Savannah was hitting Frankie and we were fearful she would hit Star. Our referral was classed as malicious, but there was no malice on our part. Anita has friends who are in the same sex relationships and she also has gypsy friends.
“We can’t understand why social workers didn’t come to see us. They had five chances to help Star and failed every time. It was shambolic.
“If social services had taken more notice Star would be alive today.”