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Woman jailed after death of 23-month-old Harry Aspley

Photo: Scales of JusticeA woman has been jailed after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of a 23-month-old boy who was in her care.

Wendy Hardy, 46, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Monday 25 January) where she was sentenced to five years and four months in prison after admitting the offence at an earlier hearing.

In addition, she was also sentenced for fraud by failing to disclose information, between 15 November 2012 and 2 September 2013, after pleading guilty at a previous hearing.

The charge relates to claiming payment of more than £27,000 for fostering two children who were not in her care at the time.

She was handed an additional 14 month custodial sentence for this crime, to run consecutively.

The sentencing follows the death of Harry Aspley who was admitted to hospital on 26 March 2013 after becoming unwell at his home in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire.

He died in hospital six days later, on 1 April 2013, after doctors identified he had sustained a non-accidental head injury that was consistent with being shaken.

A police investigation was launched following his death and Wendy Hardy, who was his foster mother at the time, was charged with manslaughter.

Detective Superintendent Neil Castle, who led the investigation, said:

“This was a difficult and lengthy inquiry which followed the tragic death of a young child who had been entrusted in the care of foster parents.

“Our enquiries not only centred on the death of Harry but also looked into money that was claimed for fostering children who were no longer in her care – totalling £27,460.

“On the morning of 26 March 2013, Harry was being looked after solely by Wendy Hardy when he sustained the injuries that led to his death and while the full events of what happened that day have not been disclosed by Wendy, I hope that her guilty plea and subsequent sentencing will bring some closure for Harry’s wider family network and all those involved in the case.”

Wendy Hardy, of Greedon Rise, Sileby, was also charged with child cruelty, namely neglect of Harry Aspley, between 28 December 2012 and 26 March 2013. This charge is to lie on file.

David Hardy, 36, of Hinckley Road, Stoney Stanton, had also pleaded guilty to an offence under the Proceeds of Crime Act, relating to the fraudulent claim for foster care.

He was given a 21 month sentence, suspended for two years, during the same hearing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday.

A charge of child cruelty, namely neglect between 28 December 2012 and 26 March 2013, is to lie on file.

‘This Girl Can’ campaign offers free tennis sessions in Stoney Stanton

Tennis ball graphicFree tennis sessions for girls aged over 16 are being made available during September and October.

As part of the national This Girl Can campaign, Blaby District Council is offering the chance to play tennis at the neighbouring village of Stoney Stanton.

The sessions will take place at the Stoney Stanton Tennis Club (War Memorial Playing Fields, LE9 4TD) every Wednesday from 7-8pm, starting on 9th September.

“This Girl Can” is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it!

Equipment will be provided at all free sessions, which will run through to 14 October.

The sessions are an opportunity to participate in a fun and inclusive environment whilst developing tennis skills and increasing fitness levels.

The sessions will be tailored to meet the needs of participants with a variety of fun games and activities.

For more information contact Peter Law, Head Coach at Stoney Stanton Tennis club, at taketheadvantage@live.com.

To find out more about the This Girl Can campaign, visit www.thisgirlcan.co.uk.

Free tennis sessions in Stoney Stanton for ‘This Girl Can’ campaign

This Girl Can graphicFree tennis sessions are being offered for females aged 11-25 who live within the district of Blaby, as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign from Sport England.

The sessions, funded by Blaby District Council, begin on Wednesday 6 May, and last for six weeks from 4-5pm at Stoney Stanton Tennis Club, Carey Hill Road, LE9 4TD.

The free sessions will offer females of all abilities the chance to enjoy playing tennis in a relaxed and fun surrounding.

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. The campaign celebrates active women up and down the country who are ‘doing their thing’ no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Stoney Stanton Tennis Club coach Pete Law said:

Peter Law
Coach Peter Law hopes sessions will inspire confidence

“I’m really pleased to team up with Blaby District Council and offer these sessions.

We hope that this encourages anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable or confident through fear of judgement to get active with us and, most importantly, to stay active after the sessions have finished.

“You never know, we might find the next tennis superstar!”

Equipment will be provided and discounted club memberships will be available for all those who have taken part in the sessions.


For more information, contact Pete Law on 07796 695 960 or taketheadvantage@live.com.

Alternatively, you can contact the Health and Leisure Services team on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

This Girl Can with BDC

Woman charged in connection with Stoney Stanton child death

Police CarA woman has been charged in connection with the death of a child in 2013.

One-year-old Harry Aspley became unwell at his home address in Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire, and was taken to hospital on March 26.

He died on April 1.

Following a lengthy and complex police investigation, a 43-year-old woman has been charged with manslaughter and child neglect.

She appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 4 February where she was remanded and is next due to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Wednesday 18 February.

A 34-year old man has also been charged with child neglect and is due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 February.