Poppi Worthington cops 'find dad's missing laptop which he used to watch porn on the night she died' in bombshell ...

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DETECTIVES working on the Poppi Worthington case have found the missing laptop her dad used to watch porn on the night she died, it has been reported.

The computer has now been sent off for “forensic investigation” and Cumbria Police believe it may bring a breakthrough in its investigation.

 Poppi Worthington died five years ago, aged just 13-months-old

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Poppi Worthington died five years ago, aged just 13-months-old

Poppi’s dad Paul Worthington has avoided prosecution for his daughter’s death three times - despite a coroner ruling he sexually assaulted her.

Worthington watched porn on a laptop in the hours before Poppi died in 2012.

He is alleged to have then passed the computer to neighbour Wayne Roebuck — who claimed to have lost it after lending it to another man.

Sunday Times journalist David Collins, who conducted an in-depth investigation into the case, today reported the missing laptop had been found by cops and is being examined.

Cumbria Police confirmed that “during the course of their enquiries officers have recovered a number of items, including a laptop.

Background to death of 13-month-old girl Poppi Worthington at family home in Barrow-in-Furness in 2012
 Paul Worthington had sexually abused the tot before her death, a coroner ruled

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Paul Worthington had sexually abused the tot before her death, a coroner ruled
 Paul Worthington refused to answer any questions during an inquest into the death of his daughter

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Paul Worthington refused to answer any questions during an inquest into the death of his daughter

“The laptop is subject to forensic examination to determine if relevant to potential enquiries concerning Poppi Worthington", a spokesman said.

Poppi was just 13-months-old when she died after being found with serious injuries at her home Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

On January 15 this year, a coroner ruled that she was sexually assaulted before suffocating on a double bed.

After the inquest, the Crown Prosecution Service came under pressure to re-examine the case against Paul Worthington - but a fourth review into the tot's death was not held.

Poppi's mum said the family had been left in a "complete nightmare" because the truth around her daughter’s death would never be revealed.

 Tragic Poppi had been sexually assaulted before her death, a High Court judge ruled
Tragic Poppi had been sexually assaulted before her death, a High Court judge ruled
 A coroner has ruled that 13-month-old Poppi was sexually assaulted before she was killed
A coroner has ruled that 13-month-old Poppi was sexually assaulted before she was killed

A CPS statement read: "No new witness was called at the inquest whose evidence had not already been considered by the CPS prosecutors.

"The medical issues raised by those witnesses were the same and the evidence given by each in respect of those issues was essentially the same.

"No new evidence emerged which was capable of affecting the decisions not to prosecute. Accordingly there will not be a fourth full review of this case by the CPS."

POPPI'S CASE: WHAT COPS MISSED

  • Medical equipment and clothing at the hospital Poppi was taken to was not preserved for forensic analysis
  • Key evidence at the family home went missing before it could be taken in for cops to examine - including the pyjama bottoms she was wearing before she died
  • The house wasn't even declared a crime scene until several hours after Poppi died - meaning vital clues like her last nappy went missing
  • Experienced detective inspectors failed to visit the home to save evidence, a breach of national forensic protocol
  • The parents were not immediately interviewed at home
  • Swabs were not taken until the tot's post-mortem - meaning forensic analysis can be prejudiced
  • Authorities didn't call for a paediatrician with specialist knowledge of child sexual abuse to examine Poppi's corpse, or the home where she died
  • A doctor's initial views were not clearly passed on to the local council for safeguarding purposes
  • The parents were not formally interviewed until August 2013 - nearly half a year after Poppi died
  • Neither parent's mobile telephone or Facebook accounts were analysed in the aftermath of their daughter's death
  • Samples were not sent for analysis until after receipt of a full medical report
  • No statements were taken from any witnesses until September 2013

During the inquest verdict, the court was told that only Poppi's dad knew what happened before the tot's death but he had declined to shed light during questioning - refusing to answer 252 statements put to him.

Fiona McGhie, representing Poppi’s mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said on her behalf: "The latest inquest into Poppi’s death was the third time a court has found, on the balance of probabilities, that Poppi was sexually assaulted prior to death and Poppi’s mother is extremely disappointed that this is not enough for the CPS to undertake a further review of the case.

 

"She was also left disappointed that Poppi’s father chose to rely on his right not to answer many questions which may incriminate him at the inquest and while she understands he was entitled to do this, she considers that the coroner’s inquiry was frustrated by this.

"The past five years have been a complete nightmare for her.

"Not knowing what happened to Poppi on that day, and knowing that there were evidence gathering failures by the police in the very early stages of the investigation has made things even worse.

"Although she is now closer to the devastating truth, it is likely that she may never get full closure on exactly what happened that night."


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