Mark Williams-Thomas believes that, although rare,
killings where a father takes the life of his own child are all about
He explained: “As far as male offenders go, it is very much to do with
power and control.
“It’s a case of: ‘if I can’t have you, you can’t have the children.’
“Taking the youngster’s life is seen as one way of retaining that
control over their partner.
“It is shocking to see these cases, but they are very rare. However,
they do happen.”
But Mr Williams-Thomas, who worked closely with police on the
Sarah Payne cases, said domestic violence would not
necessarily lead to this sort of crime.
“Just because the male is violent, it doesn’t mean to say that is an
indication they will kill their own children.
“It is often not clear that this sort of behaviour will eventually take
“I have spoken to child killers, but not one who has murdered their own.
“But those who have will more than likely tell you that they never
wanted to do their child any harm.
“They would probably say that the only option they had left was to kill
their own child.
“Your children are the most important to you and this is the most
terrible crime that can be committed against them.”