Thug who murdered 2-year-old boy by fracturing ribs 41 times jailed for life

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Kemar Brown, 28 has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the brutal murder of a two-year-old boy who suffered 39 fractures to his ribs and died of blunt force trauma.

Brown was jailed for life at the Old Bailey and was told he will serve a minimum term of 25 years for his despicable actions.

Two-year-old Kyrell Matthews had been left with 41 rib fractures after weeks of abuse before his death in October 2019, after weeks of cruelty at the hands of Kemar Brown and mother Phylesia Shirley, the Old Bailey heard.

Brown, 28, had previously been convicted of the murder at trial while Shirley, 24, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter.

They appeared alongside each other in the dock on Friday as Brown was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison while Shirley was jailed for 13 years.

Kyrell Matthews was a non-verbal toddler and the court listened to several horrific audio recordings taken from Shirley's phone at the time of the abuse.

Multiple recordings taken over the final weeks of his life picked up the sound of Kyrell being hit repeatedly, with Brown saying: “Shut up”, and: “You have to ruin the fun.”

Another recording caught Shirley striking her son and causing him to break down in distress.

The violent couple has been visited by social services during their custody of the child and were both unemployed at the time of the abuse.

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told jurors that the mother put her relationship with Brown above her own child reports the PA news agency.

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He said: "(Shirley) was prepared to reject what should have been motherly care in protecting Kyrell in favour of abuse by her – his own mother – and in favour of the abuse carried out by a man she knew was abusing her child.

“The truth is that his death came when once more he was abused in that flat, once more in a very similar way, causing very similar injuries, except on this occasion it was so much more serious, the abuse and the results were catastrophic.”

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