Carl Manning and Marie Therese Kouao are charged with the murder of Victoria Climbie. During police interviews both claim that Victoria was possessed. November 2000:
The trial opens with the prosecution making it clear that the blame lay not only with Kouao and Manning in the dock but child protection authorities who had been "blindingly incompetent". Manning denies murder but pleads guilty to child cruelty and manslaughter. Kouao denies all charges. 12 January 2001:
Almost a year after Victoria Climbie's death, Manning and Kouao are found guilty of her murder. Sentencing both of them to life imprisonment, Judge Richard Hawkins says: "What Anna endured was truly unimaginable. She died at both your hands, a lonely drawn out death".
A police diagram of injuries on Victoria's body
Reporting to a workshop into the inquiry in London into Victoria's death Mr Davies was due to say: "Crisis management is the day-to-day reality of staff working in social services and they are being stretched beyond the limit.”There is no doubt in my mind that these factors played a key part in the case of Victoria Climbie and I fear that unless urgent action is taken, it is only a matter of time before another child is murdered." Victoria was killed despite regular contact with four local authorities, two police child protection teams, two hospitals and social workers. A Unison survey on typical working conditions in social services teams backs Mr Owen's assertions. Six out of 10 social workers said that even if all of the many vacant posts in the profession were filled there would still not be enough staff. An overwhelming majority of 96% said case loads were too heavy, while 88% said new staff were "thrown in at the deep end". More than nine out of ten reported acute levels of stress...