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  • 7 December 2013, 6:16

Man Admits Strangling Ex-Girlfriend And Baby

A violent partner has admitted strangling his ex-girlfriend and her seven-month-old baby boy in their beds two days after the couple separated.

Wesley Williams, appearing at Birmingham Crown Court, admitted the double-murder of Yvone Walsh, 25, and her seventh month old son Harrison at her home in Birmingham in June.

University graduate Ms Walsh, from whom Williams had split two days before she was last seen alive in May, was found by officers in her bed and her baby son in his cot with the curtains drawn.

West Midlands Police described the murders as "shocking and senseless" and said they were unable to determine which of the two Williams had killed first.

Williams, 29, wearing a grey sweatshirt, spoke only to enter his guilty pleas to the two counts.

Judge William Davis QC told Williams he would be jailed for life and warned him to expect "a very substantial term" in prison.

He was sent to a secure facility following his arrest but after being assessed by mental health professionals he was deemed fit for interview after which he was charged with the murders.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarbjit Johal, from the homicide investigation team, said: "Wesley Williams has pleaded guilty to the shocking and senseless murders of his partner Yvonne and her baby Harrison who both had their whole lives ahead of them.

"Yvonne's family described her as a warm and loving person who was a dedicated professional and absolutely devoted to her two young children. "My thoughts are with their family, friends and the community that they lived in who are all still struggling to come to terms with their deaths."

Williams will be sentenced next week.