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'An appalling human tragedy'

PUBLISHED: 18:15 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

DURING the court case Jennifer Taylor was excused from listening to most of the evidence because of the distress it caused her. Wearing a black T shirt, and flanked by two nurses, she showed little emotion when the sentence was passed other than mouthing

DURING the court case Jennifer Taylor was excused from listening to most of the evidence because of the distress it caused her.

Wearing a black T shirt, and flanked by two nurses, she showed little emotion when the sentence was passed other than mouthing "thank you" to the judge.

Andrew Patience described the case as "an appalling human tragedy." He added: "The life of a happy, bright, talented boy was wasted, a life of promise never to be fulfilled.

He said the depressive illness she developed through debt "led her to the belief that there was no solution to their problems other than to take James life and kill herself."

The court heard that Taylor called the emergency services at 5.30am on December 2 last year and told them that she had stabbed herself and drowned her son in the bath two days earlier.

Police found her lying in the porch way of the house with bloodstained clothes and stab wounds to her chest, thighs and arms.

James was found in the bath in the foetal position, arms up to his chest and his head submerged in the red and brown coloured water.

A post mortem revealed his cause of death to be drowning, revealing he had ingested anti depressants some time before his death.

The court heard unemployed Taylor received money from James' father Mohammed Al-Rafaey, a successful Syrian national who lived in Abu Dhabi.

He never met his son, but sent her £1000 in child maintenance and paid for James' private school education at Steephill School in Fawkham.

He stopped sending money in 2004 and she stared taking out loans and missing payments. The court also heard Taylor was playing the American stock market.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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