A MAN accused of killing his girlfriend's three-year-old son by tipping over a car seat is the adopted son of a former Tory minister who believed his powerful parents had made him invulnerable, the court said.
The 25-year-old Stephen Waterson allegedly rammed his seat twice Alfie Lamb, who sat behind him in the footwell of an Audi A4.
The dejected child died a few days later of a cardiac arrest in front of his home in Croydon, South London.
He and the boy's mother, Adrian Hoare, 23, deny manslaughter.
In the days after Alfie's death last February, he threatened with his girlfriend and others to silence her, which has happened, the Old Bailey has heard.
In an interview with the police, the nightclub employee dropped off his adoptive father, Nigel Waterson, a former minister and lawyer.
In cross-examination, Katy Thorne, QC, suggested to Hoare that Waterson told the police he had "powerful parents."
She said: "In this interview, you have taken advantage of the fact that you have powerful parents, it seems to you, because you always like to talk to them.
What you do, Mr. Waterson, you have taken advantage of the fact that your parents are strong people to make you inviolable
Katy Thorne, QC
"You are friends with vulnerable people and exert your will over them to make them feel special, and what you do, Mr. Waterson, you've taken advantage of the fact that your parents are powerful people to make you invulnerable."
Waterson replied, "I'm not untouchable."
Mrs. Thorne continued, "You would like to know that your father is a lawyer, right?
"You would say that your father is an important person, not just a lawyer, but he used to be a government minister and you were so powerful because you had those connections."
Waterson replied, "I do not know why that is relevant and we talk about my parents.
"I never used my parents to control someone."
Nigel Waterson was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Eastbourne from 1992 to 2010 and a junior minister in the government of John Major.
Waterson was also asked how the youngster felt when he was pulled out of the car last year on February 1st.
He said, "Hard, when I picked him up, his body was heavy, his legs … his body fell down – they just hung down.
"I tried to wake Alfie up, at first I thought he was kidding, sometimes we play games, but I soon realized that there was something going on.
"I just tried to make him wake up, I tried to make CPR, nothing worked."
Waterson, who appeared in court in a dark gray suit with black black hair and a white crucifix, said he originally named the police Alex Richardson.
He told the court that he did it because he was in a panic.
Waterson and his girlfriend Hoare repeatedly lied after the incident and attacked the other two passengers to cover up their crime, the Old Bailey reported.
I tried to wake Alfie, at first I thought he was joking. Sometimes we play games, but I soon realized that there was something going on.
But Waterson insisted he had no idea how Alfie was mortally wounded, claiming he had been "terribly framed."
He said, "I did not withdraw this seat to purposely hurt it.
"I was once asked to move it forward, and I moved it forward.
"I take responsibility with everyone else in this car, that he should not have been in the footwell of this car."
The court has previously heard that Hoare's half-sister Ashleigh Jeffrey was determined to "find out the truth" and repeatedly urged the group to provide information.
Ms. Jeffrey gave evidence and said they were "shut down" and refused to answer her questions when they dropped balloons in Alfie's memory.
Ms. Jeffrey said, "I tried, this time they had a little debate in front of me to keep up the lies they had already told."
"Keep the lies"
She said Waterson had warned everyone to keep the pretext, otherwise "he would make her disappear."
Jurors heard that Waterson had said, "I'll get rid of anyone who gets in my way or makes me angry."
And in previous evidence, Waterson's half-sister Samantha Dawson from Blackpool described Alfie as "the most beautiful boy you could ever meet."
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson, QC, asked how the couple treated Alfie when she visited Blackpool shortly before his death.
Ms. Dawson replied, "It depends on what mood you are in."
She told the court that if they were not in a good mood, they treated him "badly."
Hoare and Waterson from Croydon, south London, denounce manslaughter.
She also denies the child molestation charge because she was dumped in Alfie's footwell on February 14 and jointly charged with Ms. Williams.
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Waterson also denies the intimidation of Marcus Lamb, also known as Marcus Richardson, on February 15.
But Hoare and Waterson have admitted that they twisted the course by making false statements to the police.
The trial continues.
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