Boy, four, 'didn't get fed much', witness tells Amanda Hutton manslaughter trial (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Boy, four, 'didn't get fed much', witness tells Amanda Hutton manslaughter trial
A four-year-old Bradford boy who allegedly starved to death was “stick thin” and “didn't get fed much” shortly before he died, a jury has heard.
Amanda Hutton, 43, is on trial accused of the manslaughter of her son, Hamzah Majid Khan, whose body was found in a mummified state in her bedroom almost two years after his death.
Yesterday, a witness who cannot be named, described to the jury how she saw Hamzah shortly before he died on December 15, 2009.
She said the little boy looked “absolutely appalling”.
“He looked all crusty and pale,” she said. “He looked really skinny, stick thin. He didn’t get fed much.”
The witness said Hamzah only got one meal a day and had difficulty walking.
The jury has heard how Hamzah’s body was found by police in September, 2011.
He was in a cot in his mother’s bedroom at Hutton’s then home in Bradford.
Hamzah died 21 months before he was found, Bradford Crown Court was told.
Prosecutors have argued the little boy was severely malnourished and had starved to death.
Hutton is expected to argue Hamzah died of natural causes, the jury has been told.
The witness described Hutton’s house being filled with mouldy rubbish and faeces.
She said: “There were lots of bins bags. Lots of mould and wee and cat food.”
Asked what was in the bin bags, the witness said: “Empty bottles, crisp packets, snotty tissues and lots and lots of cans.”
The witness went on to describe the bathroom in the terraced house, in Bradford.
She said the bath was full of cat faeces and also had vomit in it which had gone mouldy.
The witness said Hutton vomited regularly and could not walk properly because of her alcohol consumption.
“She (Hutton) had a lot of alcohol and she had three bottles a day,” the witness said.
“And she smoked a lot. It was vodka, Smirnoff and something. Usually from the Co-op.
“She drank more vodka than water."
The witness added: “She was always being sick.”
Asked whether the tap worked in the bathroom sink, she said: “Green stuff came out of it.”
The witness told the jury that laundry did not get done.
She said: “She (Hutton) couldn’t walk properly and she couldn’t be bothered either.
“They were just in the kitchen in bags.
“She said he was going to do it but she never did.”
Hutton, now of Farcliffe Road, Girlington, denies manslaughter.
The witness also described how Hutton would verbally abuse Hamzah when urging him to “hurry up”.
She said she witnessed the little boy being hit.
The witness also described how once, before Hamzah’s death, she found him underneath an upturned drawer covered in blankets.
She said: “I knew it was Hamzah because he was skinny and his baby suit.”
The witness said she gave the little boy a hug.
“I didn't squeeze him so I wouldn’t break his bones,” she said. “He was that thin.”
The witness said she did not know what happened to Hamzah after December 15, 2009.
She said: “But I saw something brown in the cot.
“It may have been Hamzah.”
Later, Hutton’s brother, Michael, told the court his sister had been a cannabis user since the late 1980s.
But he said her heavy drinking started much later.
Mr Hutton said his sister was “knocked about” by her husband, Aftab Khan.
He said he would visit her and find her with “less and less teeth”.
Stephen Meadowcroft QC, defending, told the court Hutton's house in 2011 was “an absolute pig-sty, filled with rubbish – disgusting, the state of it”.
Mr Meadowcroft asked Mr Hutton if he was turned away from that house in 2011 and he agreed that he was.
The barrister asked Mr Hutton about the state of house when he visited in 2009.
He replied: “Perfectly decent, ordinary.”
Hutton’s other brother, Christopher, said, in a statement read to the court, that his sister had been a heavy cannabis user for as long as he could remember.
The trial continues.