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A jury has been told that a man who threw his 11-month-old son into the River Irwell was ‘suffering from a mental disorder.’
Zakari William Bennett-Eko died on 11 September last year after being rescued from the waterway near the bridge on Blackburn Lane, Radcliffe, by emergency crews. His father, Zak Bennett-Eko, appeared before a judge at the temporary Nightingale court at the Lowry Theatre in Salford today (Monday), accused of murdering the youngster.
He was 11-month-old.
Father (Zak Bennett-Eko) Believed ‘Baby Son Was Becoming The Devil’ Details
The court learned how Mr. Bennett-Eko left the River Street family home, Radcliffe, in a pushchair with his son.
Mr. Bennett-Eko was later told by the jury that he went through two women with “eyes like the devil” and that they wanted him to drown his son.
22yo Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, remanded in custody by #Manchester magistrates to appear at Crown Court next Monday.
He appeared this morning charged with the murder of 11 month old Zakari Bennett-Eko. The baby boy died after being pulled from the River Irwell in Radcliffe on Weds. pic.twitter.com/B2CRdTpxLH
— Hits Manchester News (@hitsmcrnews) September 13, 2019
The court heard that the defendant had mental health issues and, aged 17, was sectioned and diagnosed with drug use-related psychosis.
He started a relationship with Miss Blood in 2016, and Zakari was born in October 2018.
Police investigating the death of a baby boy, whose body was recovered from the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Bury, last night continue to question a man on suspicion of murder. Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, is the father of 11 month old Zakari Bennett. pic.twitter.com/miZseLBMX0
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) September 12, 2019
Mr. Hall said the couple clashed after Zakari’s birth, and Mr. Bennett-Eko started to skip GP appointments and began smoking cannabis.