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Killer Lesbians: British Couple Sentenced to Prison in Death of Toddler Daughter

Posted on | December 17, 2021 | Comments Off on Killer Lesbians: British Couple Sentenced to Prison in Death of Toddler Daughter

Savannah Brockhill (left) and Frankie Smith (right).

In October, we told you about New York City cop Yvonne Wu, accused of shooting to death her ex-girlfriend and wounding the ex’s new girlfriend. Then in November, we told you about Pennsylvania couple Marie Snyder and Echo Butler, accused of murdering Snyder’s two young daughters. The Killer Lesbian phenomenon continues this month with news from Yorkshire, England:

The woman who murdered Star Hobson after inflicting “utterly catastrophic” injuries has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years as a judge said the toddler was caught in the crossfire of a toxic relationship.
Star suffered weeks of “neglect, cruelty and injury” from Savannah Brockhill, 28, in Keighley, West Yorkshire. The toddler died aged 16 months of cardiac arrest after being punched or kicked by Brockhill in September 2020 using “massive force” on a par associated with “a road traffic accident”, according to the judge. A postmortem revealed previous brain injuries, fractured bones and internal organ injury.
Brockhill’s partner, Frankie Smith, Star’s mother, was jailed for eight years after she was found guilty of causing or allowing the toddler’s death. The 20-year-old was cleared of murder and manslaughter charges.
“The physical injuries that Star suffered during her life are only part – however, a very significant part – of the tragic story of her life. She was also treated with, at best, callous indifference, by you both, and on many occasions with frank cruelty,” said Mrs Justice Lambert as she passed sentence at Bradford crown court on Wednesday.
A local review of Star’s death is due to be published in January, which will feed into a national one ordered by the government after Arthur Labinjo-Hughes murder.
The first of at least five safeguarding referrals from concerned relatives and friends was made in January 2020 by Hollie Jones, Smith’s friend. The judge thanked Jones for “love and care” she showed Star, noting she was frequently “used for free babysitting” while Smith went out drinking. Jones told the BBC that when social workers rang to say they were visiting, Smith spent an hour cleaning Star and covering up bruises. Social workers visited on four occasions, and closed the case three times, while police visited once.
The judge found that Star was “caught up” in the crossfire of the 10-month relationship between her mother and Brockhill, which was characterised by “petty squabbles and jealous fights” which escalated into violent threats. Lambert said Brockhill, who she described as the “leading force in the relationship” with a violent temper, then took out her anger on Star, while Smith displayed cruelty and meted out “pointless punishments”.
During sentencing, Lambert found that Star’s murder was not pre-meditated, and that Brockhill had not intended to kill her, but would “lash out” when in a “jealous rage”.
Brockhill, an amateur boxer and security guard, denied all charges against her. Halfway through the seven-week trial, Smith pleaded guilty to eight instances of child cruelty against Star between April and September 2020. The court heard Smith was of extremely low intelligence, and “abnormally compliant” when told to do something by an authority figure. However, the judge said that she “did not accept” that these factors excused Smith’s conduct, describing her as a “neglectful and callous parent” who thought only of her own interests and would have realised her partner was abusing Star.
“You chose to be and to remain in that relationship for your own purposes and your own gratification”, adding that Smith could have turned to several family members for help, as she had in the past.

You understand that I’m not implying that all lesbians are murderers, nor even that lesbians are more likely than heterosexual women to commit murder. My point is that media bias is such that journalists will never use the words “lesbian” and “murder” in the same story, unless a lesbian is a victim of murder. The belief that journalists must always act the part of publicity agents for the “LGBTQ community,” results in a one-sided portrayal of gay life — everything’s wonderful and everybody’s happy under the rainbow flag — which is just unrealistic. So when I get a story like this (and thanks to the regular reader who emailed me the tip), it’s my duty to give it an appropriate headline, for the sake of balance.



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