A married couple from Wembley have been jailed following an investigation by officers from the North West Child Abuse Investigation Team.
On Monday, (18 December) at Harrow Crown Court they were both sentenced as follows: Patrick Dilley, 34, of Chalkhill Road, Wembley was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment with a further five years on licence after he was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent and causing or allowing serious injury to a child.
Jane Campbell, 33, of Chalkhill Road, Wembley was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment with a further three years on licence after she was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent and sexual assault by penetration.
Both had been convicted following a four-week-trial at the same court.
Detective Inspector Jon Moseling from the North West Command Unit said: “These cases are never easy to deal with and almost impossible to understand. How anyone can subject a child to such brutality is beyond my understanding.
“Thankfully, as soon as the abuse was identified, the child was taken from this toxic environment and is now safe. All those involved in the welfare of the child then worked together to ensure that those responsible were brought to account.
The court had heard how on 16 January 2020 police received a call from the London Ambulance Service relating to a five-year-old child.
They had been called to the child who was suffering with potentially life-threatening injuries.
The child was taken to hospital where further examination took place.
A number of bruises across their body were recorded, most significantly a large bruise across the abdomen. Further bruises and injuries were found in the child’s throat.
Jane Campbell and Patrick Dilley were arrested, interviewed and bailed.
An extensive investigation, with the help of expert medical witnesses, police, social services and the Crown Prosecution Service, then took place.
As a result both Campbell and Dilley were charged with abusing the child who was known to them. At the trial the jury heard about the serious injuries the child has suffered. Both were convicted.
DI Moseling added: “The custodial sentences in this case are fully deserved and I would like to thank all those officers and partners who worked so hard to ensure justice was delivered.”