Man admits murder of woman and baby

A man has admitted the double murder of his ex-partner and her baby son after strangling them both in their beds.

Wesley Williams, appearing at Birmingham Crown Court today, admitted killing 25-year-old university graduate Yvonne Walsh and seven-month-old Harrison Walsh at their home in Billesley, West Midlands, between May 31 and June 2.

West Midlands Police said they were unable to determine which of the two Williams had killed first.

Ms Walsh, from whom Williams had split two days before she was last seen alive on May 31, was found by officers in her bed and her baby son in his cot with the curtains drawn, detectives said.

Police described the murders as "shocking and senseless".

Following today's brief court hearing, the 29-year-old was remanded in custody for sentencing next week, on a date to be decided.

Williams, wearing a grey sweatshirt, spoke only to enter his guilty pleas to the two counts.

Judge William Davis QC told Williams he would be jailed for life and warned him to expect "a very substantial term" in prison.

Mr Davis also explained to Williams and members of the victims' family sitting in the public gallery that although pleas had been taken, the case could not be dealt with today because of another separate trial over which he was already presiding.

Addressing Williams, Judge Davis said: "Self-evidently, because of your pleas, the sentencing judge will be obliged to sentence you to prison for life and the minimum period will be a very substantial term."

Both Williams's victims died as a result of pressure to the neck, according to a post-mortem examination after they were found at their home in Chells Grove on June 2.

He was arrested the same day, shortly after the discovery of their remains by police.

Detective chief inspector Sarbjit Johal, of West Midlands Police, said: "Wesley Williams has pleaded guilty to the shocking and senseless murders of his partner Yvonne and her baby Harrison who both had their whole lives ahead of them.

"Yvonne's family described her as a warm and loving person who was a dedicated professional and absolutely devoted to her two young children.

"My thoughts are with their family, friends and the community that they lived in who are all still struggling to come to terms with their deaths."

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