Savannah Brockhill Wiki – Savannah Brockhill Biography
Savannah Brockhill has been found guilty of murdering her girlfriend’s toddler after being caught on CCTV “terrorising” the child when she was left to babysit.
Savannah Brockhill, an amateur boxer and security guard who called herself the “number one psycho,” punched 16-month Star Hobson to death in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on 22 September 2020.
She is 28 years old.
Before her murder, Star caused months of assault and psychological agony before suffering “catastrophic” injuries at her home.
Brockhill, 28, described himself as a “psycho number one” and was caught “terrifying” by the CCTV star watching over her.
Brockhill sometimes added dramatic music and captions to images in Stars Leiden.
The two women could be heard laughing as they filmed the girl falling from a chair or descending the stairs.
Brockhill admitted that he found her clips funny, and she compared them to the videos from You’ve Been Framed.
Star was hospitalized on September 22, 2020, but her injuries were “insurmountable,” prosecutors told the jury during the two-month trial.
After her death, the couple told police the boy might have caused the injuries, the court said.
But prosecutors called the suggestion “absurd” and said such violence was used that it was “totally impossible for doctors to imagine” that a child was the cause of the injuries.
Star died after receiving “violent and violent blows or punches, in the form of punches, punches or kicks in the stomach,” the jury said.
There were also two fractures on Star’s right leg, caused by “forced twisting,” which broke while he was healing, Attorney Alistair MacDonald told QC.
He also described a fractured back of the neck and bruises, “many of which are considered non-accidental.”
The court was shown a caption beneath a video that said: “I am a psycho when it comes to my girlfriend and wouldn’t mind putting anyone in a chair for the rest of their life if they as much as look at her wrongly. Keep safe don’t message my girlfriend.”
Brockhill’s barrister, Katherine Goddard QC, told the jury: “To say the relationship between Savannah Brockhill and Frankie Smith was toxic is about the biggest understatement anyone could make. From the start, it was riddled with distrust and insecurity from both sides.”
A week before Star was killed, Brockhill took the child to her workplace, a recycling plant in Doncaster, overnight so that Smith could go out drinking. CCTV from the site showed her “terrorising” Star, Smith’s barrister, Zafir Ali QC, told the jury.
Ali invited the jury to conclude that Brockhill was “cunning and clever” and manipulated Smith to do what she wanted.
Smith maintained she was in the toilet when Star suffered the “catastrophic” abdominal injuries that killed her on 22 September 2020.
A pathologist found the central vein carrying blood back to the heart from Star’s legs, and organs of the abdomen had been torn, as well as Star’s liver and the fatty attachments of the bowel, called the mesentery. There was bruising over the lower part of the lungs and the pancreas.
“All these injuries had been caused by a severe and forceful blow or blow, either in the form of punching, stamping or kicking to the abdomen,” said MacDonald.
Brockhill said Star hurt herself when her back was turned, suggesting the injuries were caused either by one of the two other small children present or by accident. Perhaps Star had fallen off the sofa, she said.
Throughout the trial, Smith insisted only Brockhill could have killed Star. Ultimately the jury accepted Brockwell delivered the fatal blow and that Smith was not responsible for killing Star. But they did not forgive her, finding that she had still caused or allowed her daughter’s death.
Anita Banerjee, senior crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “Throughout her short life, Star was subjected to endless physical assaults and psychological harm. Instead of love and protection, she experienced a world of humiliation, cruelty, and pain at the hands of those who should have protected her most.
“It is impossible to imagine how any parent or carer could inflict this level of pain and suffering on an entirely defenceless little girl. Our thoughts remain with Star’s family, as they have been throughout.”
Brockhill and Smith will be sentenced on Wednesday.