A DAD killed his child boy by throwing him right into a river as a result of he thought he was “turning into the satan”, a courtroom has heard.
Zak Bennett-Eko, 23, threw 11-month-old Zakari Bennett-Eko into the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Larger Manchester, in September final 12 months.
Zak Bennett-Eko, 23, hurled his 11-month-old child to his dying right into a freezing chilly river, a courtroom heardCredit score: Fb
Little Zakari Bennett-Eko was rescued from the River Irwell in Larger Manchester on September 11 final 12 months however was pronounced useless in hospitalCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
A courtroom heard the defendant was affected by paranoid schizophrenia when his son drowned and died.
It was heard that on the day of the killing, Bennett-Eko had argued together with his associate Emma Blood, who was eight months pregnant.
She informed him he wanted to start out taking care of himself as a result of she wouldn’t be capable of care for 2 infants and him, the courtroom heard.
Rob Corridor, prosecuting, mentioned: “It could be that trade set the seed in Zak’s thoughts that they’d be higher off with out Zakari.”
Mr Corridor went on to inform the courtroom Bennett-Eko noticed Zakari’s legs “increasing” and that he thought he was “turning into the satan”.
On the day of the tragedy on September 11, 2019, the defendant left the household house in Radcliffe together with his son in a pushchair and walked to the river, the courtroom heard.
The jury was informed Bennett-Eko later mentioned he handed two ladies with “eyes just like the satan” and that they needed him to drown his son.
Mr Corridor mentioned the defendant was seen by two youngsters taking his son out of his pushchair, swinging him backward and forward after which throwing him into the river beneath.
One second he is OK, the following minute he is going mad saying he’ll kill himself.”
He then walked to a close-by pub the place he was later arrested after telling one other buyer what he had accomplished, Mr Corridor mentioned.
Zakari was rescued from the river by emergency companies at about 5.15pm after the alarm was raised by various members of the general public.
He was pronounced useless on the Royal Bolton Hospital that night, the jury was informed.
The courtroom heard the defendant had suffered from psychological well being issues all through his life and at 17 was sectioned and recognized with psychosis associated to hashish use.
He started a relationship with Miss Blood in 2016 and in October 2018 Zakari, their first son, was born.
‘NOT OUR BABY’
Mr Corridor mentioned, following Zakari’s start, the couple argued and Bennett-Eko started to overlook GP appointments and began to devour hashish once more.
The courtroom heard Miss Blood despatched textual content messages to pals in September final 12 months expressing issues about his behaviour.
In a single, she mentioned: “He is saying Zakari is not our child and stuff.
“One second he is OK, the following minute he is going mad saying he’ll kill himself.”
In different messages, Miss Blood, 23, mentioned Bennett-Eko had kicked her door in, thrown issues at her and claimed popstar Beyonce was his mom.
The prosecution case is that he’s responsible of manslaughter by diminished duty, whereas the defence argue he isn’t responsible by purpose of madness.
The trial, being held at a Nightingale courtroom sitting on the Lowry theatre in Salford, is predicted to final 5 to seven days.