Killer fights to see son

The Court of Appeal, London and (below) Stephen Kidd.

The Court of Appeal, London and (below) Stephen Kidd.

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A convicted killer has launched an appeal to see his five-year-old son from his prison cell.

Stephen Kidd was jailed for life in 2008 along with his friend Lea Mason, then aged 33, for the murder of their 60-year-old flatmate Darren Presley.

Stephen Kidd

Stephen Kidd

The pair admitted stamping Mr Presley to death in the ground floor flat they shared on Devonshire Road, Blackpool, on the first day of their trial at Preston Crown Court

Kidd’s former girlfriend Kirsty Burdon, 24, who was five months pregnant with his baby at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender after lying to police.

Police believe the attack took place following an argument after all parties had been drinking at the flat at some stage between January 8, 2008 and January 11, 2008.

The court heard how Mason and Kidd turned on Mr Presley after he revealed he had previously served time for abusing children.

Mr Presley died after suffering serious head injuries in what detectives described as a “sustained and brutal attack”.

Kidd, now 42, has served five years of his life sentence and was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years before he is eligible to apply for parole.

He is currently serving his sentence in Gartree Prison in Leicestershire and has been given a date to apply to the Court of Appeal in London for the right to see his son, who he says is looked after by his ex-girlfriend’s family.

Kidd, who claims he is innocent and pleaded guilty to murder to protect his son, said: “I have only held my son once in his entire life.

“There are other people accused of murder who get to see their children in prison.

“I just want the right to get to know my son.

“I can’t afford to pay the legal fees so I have decided to represent myself at the hearing. I expect to appear by video link in the court.

“I just want to have my say.

“I will continue fighting forever. It is so important I get to see my son.

“I am innocent, I did not kill Darren, he was my friend.”

Mason, of no fixed address, was also handed a life sentence by Judge Anthony Russell in 2008 and was told he must serve a minimum of 16 years behind bars.

Burdon, of no fixed address, who had given birth to the baby boy while serving six months on remand walked free from court after receiving an 11 month prison sentence.

At the time of the murder, one neighbour of Mr Presley’s, who was originally from Stoke-on-Trent, described the killing as “appalling and unbelievable”.

Kidd’s case is due to go before the Court of Appeal on December 18.

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