Swindon-educated Stephen Ward sentenced for killing his baby son

Former Bradon Forest School pupil, Stephen Ward, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for killing his baby son at their family home in Cirencester.

Front: Stephen Ward, background: Bradon Forest School

The 25-year-old man and who now lives in Nailsworth, was found guilty of the manslaughter of 9-month-old Jordan Ward following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The incident happened at Ward’s former address, a flat in Burge Court, in June 2014.

Ward, who was on his own in the flat with his baby, caused catastrophic injuries to Jordan after shaking him violently.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Bean, of Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Public protection Bureau, said: “For a baby to die in any circumstances is tragic; when that baby has died at the hands of their own father, that tragedy goes beyond description.

“Jordan Ward was 9 months old when he was shaken so violently by his dad, Stephen Ward, that he sustained fatal brain and spine injuries which resulted in his death.

“Stephen denied any wrongdoing, claiming that Jordan had choked then lost consciousness whilst he was feeding him. He even tried to suggest that his ex-partner Paula might have been responsible.

“In the face of overwhelming evidence he eventually accepted that the injuries could only have been caused by himself, yet still fell back on the defence that he could not remember, but that if he had shaken Jordan it would only have been because he was panicking.

“Despite his apparent lack of memory he still had a very detailed recollection of events immediately before and after the fatal act, and even demonstrated the very calm and gentle way that he had apparently tried to assist Jordan whilst he was choking. He will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.

“Special tribute must be paid to Paula Watts, Jordan’s mother, for the strength and courage she has displayed over the past 22 months after such a traumatic loss.

“She has had to listen to some extremely harrowing evidence, particularly the graphic medical reports about the extent and severity of Jordan’s injuries, and our thoughts are with her at this very difficult time.”