Moment sick child killer abused woman after pushing him with stroller on crowded bus


A monster that beat a three-year-old to death had previously pulled a woman by her hair off a bus after she bumped into it with her stroller.

CCTV captured the woman crouching on the sidewalk while her hooded attacker, Nathaniel Pope, delivered the brutal beatings.

This week he was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of defenseless three-year-old Kemarni Watson Darby.

The bus attack was caught by CCTV in Hendon, London, over a decade ago when the enraged Pope yanked his victim off a bus by the hair and then kicked her repeatedly, reports BirminghamLive.

Her daughters, three and just three months old, watched in horror.

Alicia Watson was sentenced to 11 years in prison for causing or allowing Kemarni’s death. Nathaniel Pope was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 24 years for the three-year-old’s death



The 23-year-old mother had only pushed Pope and his then partner in the crowded bus with her pram.

She was abused, spat on and pulled through the vehicle by her hair.

Pope banged her head against a railing, threw her onto the sidewalk, and then kicked her as she lay on the ground.

In a panic, the mother tried to fend off her attacker with a child’s umbrella.

Pope used “considerable force” to block the victim’s efforts to return to her children, who were still on the bus, Hendon Magistrates’ Court was told in 2011.

The three-year-old with mother Alicia Watson walking home from the medical center


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Pope was jailed for just four months for the horrific attack after admitting the joint attack.

His partner received a three-month suspended sentence for the same crime.

Pope has now been found guilty of killing three-year-old Kemarni Watson Darby, his partner’s son.

The child’s injuries were so severe that they have been compared to a car accident or a fall from a height.

Described as a “lively, boisterous, sassy and happy child”, Kemarni died of abdominal injuries at his West Bromwich home in June 2018.

Watson with little Kemarni at McDonalds


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The damage catalog included four broken ribs believed to have been sustained four weeks prior to the final fatal blows.

In all, Kemarni’s tiny body had 34 injured spots.

The child’s mother, 31-year-old Alicia Watson – a woman who is described as having a zero to 100 temper – was acquitted of the murder but found guilty of causing or allowing Kemarni’s death.

Both she and Pope were convicted of child abuse.

She was sentenced to 11 years.

At Birmingham Crown Court, the pair were labeled “partners in crime” but blamed each other for the boy’s death.

Overall, they had no explanation for the injuries to Kemarni’s head, mouth, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, back and legs other than the fact that he had bumped into a door or his stroller.

Pope and Watson stayed together after the toddler’s death.

Pope, a Wolverhampton resident, was sentenced to a minimum of 24 years in prison for the crime.

Pope spent his childhood in the US and returned to the UK at the age of 17, where he attended college.

He left without a degree, moved to Luton and worked in a warehouse and as a football gamekeeper.

Pope landed in the West Midlands in 2014 and found work in a restaurant in Smethwick.

The court was told that he currently resides in Wolverhampton.

It was the asides – the glimpses of the child’s agony – that made the five-month process so harrowing for those in attendance.

So staggeringly, Judge Amanda Tipples ordered that the jury be barred from serving in any other trial for life due to the “horrific nature of the facts.”

Nathaniel Pope shows no sign of remorse and looks relaxed when being questioned by police upon their arrival at the scene


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Kemarni Watson Darby with mother Alicia Watson at McDonalds


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Prosecutor Badenoch said: “Although he lost his life in the most horrible way, he had a voice in this courtroom.

“He was also a witness in that courtroom, the most important witness – the silent witness.

“It is Kemarni’s body that spoke loudest and clearest in this courtroom.

“His bruised, battered and lifeless, deprived of oxygen body cannot lie.

“This is something that his mother and Nathaniel Pope summarily tried to discredit, postpone and silence.”

Speaking of the suffering, Mr Tony Badenoch QC said: “The prosecution’s case is that weeks before his death, Kemarni suffered a series of horrific injuries – caused by extreme violence related to a car crash.

“He was also marked and scarred in dozens of different areas, including grip injuries where he had been abused in his young life while learning to walk and speak.

“That was Kemarni’s life in his final weeks – as his mum spent the £25 needed for his ongoing nursery schooling on driving lessons and drugs.”

Kemarni Watson Darby, a lively, boisterous, cheeky and happy child, was beaten to death when she was just three years old


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Describing the horrific injuries, Mr Badenoch said: “There were multiple fractures on both the left and right side of his rib cage which could be historically dated to the hours and weeks before his death.

“At least four different events caused the broken bones.

“This included corner breaks, break lines, partial breaks and a complete transverse break.”

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Internal bruising and lacerations were extensive. “It was a mesenteric injury that ultimately killed him as his internal abdominal structures were forcibly pressed against his spine.

“In short, he died from abdominal trauma most likely caused by a blow.”

At sentencing, Ms Justice Tipples told Pope he launched the “severe and prolonged” attack because he considered Kemarni a “nuisance” who “gets in the way” of his relationship with Watson.

“This was a particularly harrowing and tragic case. Kermani was a lively, exuberant, cheeky and happy child. He had a sunny personality and was loved by so many people, both friends and family.

“You remember that he laughed and smiled and was happy. Kermani’s death had a significant impact on his family. They are all devastated that Kermani is no longer a part of their lives and that they will never see him grow up.”

Ms Tipples continued: “You, Nathaniel Pope, brutally attacked Kemarni in the living room of his own home and, knowing he was in extreme distress and pain, you left him to bleed to death on the sofa. Qualified medical examinations identified the cause of Kemarni’s death.

“He died from abdominal injuries inflicted. The fatal injuries were extremely serious and the result of extreme violence.

“These injuries were consistent with the type of injuries seen in a road traffic accident or a person falling from a height.

“This would have been very painful for Kemarni and would have caused him considerable distress, of which you, Nathaniel Pope, would have been aware.

“I’m sure the pain he was in lasted from several hours to several days and as a result of that pain he reduced his activity level to minimize the pain he was experiencing.

“You would have known that, Alicia Watson, but you failed to do anything about it.

Speaking to Pope, Ms Tipples said: “You had seen Alicia Watson abuse Kemarni by hitting him. Abusing Kemarni was and has become accepted behavior in your home.

“Kemarni wasn’t your son and didn’t mean anything to you. You saw him as an annoyance that got in the way of your relationship with Alicia Watson.”

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