When his daughter was just 2-days-old, her worthless father brutally shook, squeezed, and beat her until she succumbed to her horrific injuries. However, just weeks after he was imprisoned, the scumbag child-murderer discovered what happens when your hardened cellmate finds out you murdered an innocent child.
While the Western judicial system was intended to deliver justice to those who commit the most unspeakably heinous crimes, the victims often feel failed by those charged with maintaining order. This is just how the mother and relatives of precious 2-day-old Luna felt after UK resident Liam Deane, the infant’s father and her murderer, took her young life.
In October 2017, Deane received a minimum sentence of 10 years, allowing the 22-year-old killer the opportunity to obtain his freedom while his victim’s family condemned the thought of such a reprehensible criminal offender going on with his life after denying an innocent child hers. Fortunately, the grieving family recently received the exact fair justice they sought and failed to gain in the courtroom.
On November 12, just weeks into his 10-year prison sentence, Deane was introduced to karmic prison justice when his hardened cellmate inflicted the same deadly ending that he had dealt his innocent newborn daughter. HMP Leeds inmate John Westland, 28, murdered Deane after discovering that he was locked up for killing the baby girl, avenging the child and ensuring her murderer the same fate she had suffered.
The Daily Mail reports that prison officials discovered Deane’s body on Sunday and arrested Westland, who is the sole suspect in his cellmate’s death. It has yet to be revealed how Westland killed Deane, however, the deceased infant’s family expressed relief that justice was served.
After Luna’s mother went to get some rest on the evening of July 10, Deane reportedly lost his temper when the newborn began crying. At the couple’s Wakefield home, Deane then punched Luna in the face, forcefully squeezed her tiny limbs, and violently shook her until she fell unconscious.
Fearing the consequences of his actions, Deane first contacted his mother before calling emergency services, telling paramedics that Luna was having difficulty breathing after falling and hitting her head, the Mirror reports. Medical officials immediately noticed that her face was severely swollen and bruised, signifying that Deane’s claims didn’t add up.
“He (Deane) said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control,” the prosecutor told the court.
Luna died on July 14 after 3 days in intensive care due to “catastrophic brain injuries” from head trauma. Her death was so horrific that even Deane’s lawyer couldn’t truly defend his actions.
“In my submission there is simply no explanation for the defendant’s behaviour,” Richard Wright, QC, representing Deane, said. “His actions were wholly and utterly out of character for him. The defendant will have a very long time to reflect upon his terrible behaviour.”
Deane later admitted to police that he was responsible for Luna’s death, having beaten and shaken her, inflicting fatal injuries to the newborn because she “would not stop crying.”
“Seeing Luna on life support in the hospital will last with me forever,” the mother, 21-year-old Karen Bissett, wrote in a statement to the court. “I can’t describe how that felt. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy.”
Westland appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and spoke only to confirm his personal details. He was scheduled to reappear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday and remains in custody.
Luna’s family will never get her back but at least they have some consolation in knowing that her murderer will never again be able to harm another child. While this kind of mob justice should neither be condoned nor encouraged, in this case, it’s a more favorable result than watching as an innocent child’s killer is allowed to live out his life as a free man after a relatively small sentence while his victim still lies in her tiny grave.