23 September 2007
Son- Ryan Hawkins
Date of Birth:
13 December 2007.
Christopher Hawkins, appeared at Bradford Crown Court
where he pleaded not guilty to killing his son Ryan
Hawkins on 23 September 2007. Ryan had been found with
nine stab wounds at his home in Slaithwaite, near
Huddersfield. His sister Donna aged 14, suffered 23 stab
wounds but survived.
Leeds Crown Court heard Mr
Hawkins was aggrieved at his wife leaving him.
Prosecutor Simon Myerson QC told the jury that Mr Hawkins
and his wife Valerie separated earlier in 2007 when she
told him she no longer loved him. But he later discovered
his estranged wife had begun an affair with a driver at
the taxi firm where she worked, while they were still
Hawkins claimed he loved
his children, and said he could not recall the attack
which killed his son. He told the jury: "It wasn't me that
day. It was like some evil inside me. "I must have been
insane that day. If I was sane that day Ryan would be here
now and my daughter would not have those horrific scars.
Ryan was the perfect son. I couldn't have asked for a
better son. Why it happened I do not know, he meant the
world to me."
But, the jury did not accept his version of events and the
metal worker was found guilty of murdering his son and
stabbing his daughter.
5 March 2008 Jailing
Hawkins to 21 years in Prison judge Wilkie said: "I'm
satisfied, but for the speed and skill of the doctors at
the hospital, you would have faced two murder charges."