Heartbreaking image of baby who died after father shook him reveals reality of Wild West Britain – as brutal killings are revealed in new documentary
- Ruben Sweet-Harris suffered two aneurisms after being shaken by his father
- He was one of 25 babies killed in Britain during 2017 as revealed by ONS figures
- His mother Aisha discusses killing in new documentary A Year of British Murder
Lying in hospital, linked up to monitors and clutching his favourite piglet toy, this image of Ruben Sweet-Harris highlights the reality of Wild West Britain.
The six-month-old, who suffered two aneurisms after being shaken by his father, was one of 25 babies killed in Britain during 2017.
Now, new figures published by the ONS, reveal that children under one have consistently topped homicide statistics by age group since the Millennium.
Ruben Sweet-Harris suffered two aneurisms after being shaken by his father, was one of 25 babies killed in Britain during 2017. He is pictured here in hospital before he died
Ruben’s mother Aisha (pictured with her son left and right), 20, tells Channel 4 that she used to think her son was with social services or with her grandparents to cope with the grief of losing him
Ruben’s tragic death is featured a new Channel 4 documentary, A Year of British Murder, which aims to highlight the human cost of homicide.
His father Lee Sweet, 26, was sentenced to five years and four months in prison at Plymouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
His mother Aisha, 20, told the programme: ‘It feels like a very strange TV episode that I don’t have the script for.
‘I don’t know what I’m meant to say or do. I think my brain is very good at covering stuff up. I know what’s happened, but I don’t think it’s real.
‘I knew I was an amazing Mum, but it was so much easier thinking he was taken off me by social services and having that chance to see him again.
‘But you can’t sit in your little fantasy land and pretend he’s with his grandparents or he’s with his aunties or uncles or taken off you by social.
‘That’s one thing that I did imagine for so long because you don’t want to be able to say goodbye to your own child.’
Ruben Sweet-Harris’ mother Aisha speaks to Channel 4 about the murder of her son in the new documentary A Year of British Murder. She said of the incident: ‘I know what’s happened, but I don’t think it’s real’
Razvan Sirbu, 21, was left with a broken skull, and fractures to his face and ribs after Charlie White and Alex Macdonald launched an unprovoked attack on him. His mother Marinela is pictured here
Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, 15, was stabbed outside the gates of his school in north London. His father Paul is pictured here and will appear in the Channel 4 documentary A Year of British Murder
According to the programme, 768 people were killed by another person in Britain during 2017 and 78 per cent of women were killed in their own home.
Lisa Chadderton, 44, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Mark Tindill, after he accused her of infidelity. Detectives found no evidence of an affair.
The 56-year-old publican was sentenced to life after he punched, strangled and stabbed her five times in the neck and once in the eye.
Lisa Chadderton (right), 44, was stabbed to death by her boyfriend Mark Tindill (left), after he accused her of infidelity. Detectives found no evidence of an affair
Her mother Mandy Steed told Channel 4: ‘I was going to go with her to this night out, but it was pouring with rain and I was tired.
‘So, I said to her: ‘I’m not going to bother.’ Lisa said: ‘OK then. Don’t worry. I will see you tomorrow. Love you.’ And I said the same back to her.
‘I keep thinking: ‘If I’d perhaps gone that night.’ I don’t know what I’d have done, but I think: ‘If I’d gone out with her, she might still be here today.’
ONS statistics also revealed that 105 people have been killed in terrorist-related incidents since 2000 while 17 per cent have no known motive.
A Year of British Murder is on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday.