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Finsbury Park toddler death: Bidhya Sagar Das locked up indefinitely for killing son

PUBLISHED: 15:28 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:21 13 October 2017

Gabriel was just 16 months old.

Gabriel was just 16 months old.

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A delusional man has been locked up indefinitely for bludgeoning his young son to death with a claw hammer in Finsbury Park after becoming obsessed his partner was being unfaithful.

Bidhya Sagar Das Bidhya Sagar Das

Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, killed 16-month-old Gabriel Sonu Bibekas in a Wilberforce Road flat on March 18 having told the boy’s mother it was a “special night”.

Das had become consumed with jealousy over the unfounded suspicions that hotel cleaner Christinela Datcu was having sex with other men.

He checked on her while he was at work and even tied their underwear together with his shoelace when they went to bed so he would know if she got up in the night.

On the night of the killing, Das gave Ms Datcu a foot massage and told her “it’s going to be a special night”, the Old Bailey was told.

As she got out of the shower, Ms Datcu heard crying and rushed into Gabriel’s bedroom “to find a scene that was the stuff of nightmares”, prosecutor Zoe Johnson said.

Gabriel was covered in blood, having suffered multiple skull fractures. He was pronounced dead later the same night.

A young girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, also had “terrible head injuries” but survived, Ms Johnson said.

After killing Gabriel, regular cannabis smoker Das left the flat and dumped a large claw hammer in a nearby skip.

Meanwhile, panic-stricken Ms Datcu rushed to a neighbour to raise the alarm, screaming that her baby had been killed.

Later, Das called police and confessed, saying: “Saturday night I did very bad, honestly.”

Last month, hotel worker Das pleaded guilty to Gabriel’s manslaughter by diminished responsibility and the other child’s attempted murder.

The court heard that psychiatrists had all concluded that at the time of the killing, Das was suffering from a “severe delusional disorder of a jealous type”.

Ms Datcu described Gabriel as her “miracle” baby after she had been told by doctors in Britain and her home country of Romania that she might never conceive.

She said in a statement: “The future seemed wonderful, that the father was supporting me. There is no more beautiful thing to me than being a mother.”

Following the attack, she said she felt “like a robot” and it was “just a question of survival”.

The court heard that the injured girl faces lifelong medical problems as a result of the attack.

Ms Datcu said: “I live with the thought if ever free, he would come to finish what he started that day and kill me and (the girl).”

Sentencing, Mr Justice Spencer told Das: “Such was your paranoia that you would telephone her repeatedly from work to check up on her, and leave work during the night shift to see what she was doing and search for men you believed were hiding in the flat.

“You were violent to her on a few occasions when she denied any infidelity.

“It is a vivid indication of the measure of your paranoia obsession that when you and she slept together you would remove your shoelaces and tie her underwear to yours to make sure she could not get out of bed without your knowing.”

The senior judge handed Das a hospital order with restrictions without limit of time, saying it was the best way to protect the public and Ms Datcu.

He told the defendant: “You know that what you did that night in the flat was very wrong. You brutally killed your infant son, and attempted to kill (another child). You have inflicted untold grief and pain.

“I accept that you are deeply sorry for what you did and that you only acted in that way because you were suffering from a severe mental disorder.”

Das is likely to spend years in a secure hospital and will come under close supervision and monitoring if he is ever regarded as safe to be discharged, the judge said.

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