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Man sectioned ‘for throwing baby son to his death from bridge into river’

Man sectioned 'for throwing baby son to his death from bridge into river'
Zak Eko, 22, has been sectioned whereas awaiting trial for the homicide of his 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko (Picture: Facebook/PA)

A person charged with murdering his baby son by throwing him from a bridge has been detained in hospital beneath the Mental Health Act.

Zak Eko, 22, has been sectioned whereas awaiting trial for the homicide of his 11-month-old Zakari William Bennett-Eko.

Zakari was pulled from the River Irwell close to to a bridge in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, on 11 September, and later died in hospital.

Eko was arrested a short while after the incident and charged with homicide.

He has been moved from Forest Bank jail in Salford to a safe hospital whereas he awaits trial, police confirmed.

Eko has made two court docket appearances, the final one at Manchester Crown Court on 16 September, however he has not but entered pleas on the homicide cost, nor on an alternate cost of manslaughter.

Caption: Undated family handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Zakari William Bennett-Eko who was pulled out of the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, by firefighters after reports that that a child was in the water shortly before 4.25pm on Wednesday. PA Photo. Issue date: Friday September 13, 2019. Zak Eko, 22, appeared at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Friday accused of murdering his 11-month-old son Zakari. See PA story POLICE Radcliffe. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photographer: Family Handout Provider: PA Source: PA
Baby Zakari was pulled from the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, and later died in hospital (Picture: PA)
A father has been charged with the murder of his 11-month-old son, who died after being pulled out of a river in Greater Manchester.
Eko with Zakari as a baby

He is due to reappear on the similar court docket on December 20 for a plea and instructions listening to with a trial date fastened for 9 March subsequent 12 months.

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A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police has confirmed the daddy has been sectioned beneath the Mental Health Act pending the end result of psychiatric stories.

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They additionally confirmed he had been sectioned beneath sections 48 and 49 of the Act, which permits well being professionals to switch somebody from a jail to a hospital for evaluation and remedy.

Under part 48 of the Act, prisoners may be transferred to a hospital whereas beneath part 49 they can’t be discharged from hospital except the secretary of state says they will go away.

After Zakari’s death, flowers, delicate toys and candles have been left on the scene by effectively wishers with tributes together with one which learn: ‘Goodnight and God Bless beautiful innocent boy. Fly high Angel.’

A big teddy bear was left by employees from the native Lidl, with a observe that stated: ‘To a beautiful little boy. Sleep tight little man. Our thoughts are with your family.’

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