Man sentenced for life for double murder

Wesley Williams

Wesley Williams

A violent partner has been jailed for life after he admitted killing his ex-girlfriend and her seven-month-old baby – strangling them in their beds – just two days after the pair had separated.

Wesley Williams, aged 29, killed Yvonne Walsh and her son Harrison on 2 June 2013 in her Chells Grove home in Billesley.

University graduate Yvonne, aged 25, and Williams had been in a relationship for several months – but it ended abruptly on May 31, the last day Yvonne was seen alive, and their bodies were found by police two days later.

Williams admitted the double killing but detectives and pathologists were not able to determine who was killed first. Both bodies were found after police forced entry to the property.

Yvonne, a former pupil of Bishop Challoner Catholic College in Kings Heath, was discovered in her bed and Harrison in his cot with the curtains drawn. Post mortems revealed the mother and son had died as a result of pressure being applied to their necks.

Williams was initially sent to a secure facility on his arrest to be assessed by mental health professionals. A number of weeks later he was deemed fit for interview and subsequently charged.

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.”

Judge Mr Justice MacDuff lifted a reporting restriction to reveal Williams was the former partner of Rebecca Shuttleworth, 25, who was found guilty in June of murdering her two-year-old son, Keanu Williams, in a totally separate case.

Jailing Williams for a minimum of 29 years at Birmingham Crown Court, the judge described the cannabis user as being “clearly evil and dangerous beyond measure.”

During the case it was revealed Williams had previously been jailed for attacking his sister’s ex-partner with a hammer and samurai swords.

He carried out the killings of Yvonne, who worked as a mental health worker at the Oakview centre in Moseley, and Harrison just four months after his release from prison for that offence.