Ipswich: Baby killer Duncan Mills in alleged threats to mum of victim on Facebook

IPSWICH: No criminal investigation is taking place today despite baby murderer Duncan Mills allegedly threatening the child’s mother on a social networking site.

Mills, formerly of London Road, Ipswich, was accused of setting up a Facebook profile after reportedly getting hold of a mobile phone smuggled into Gartree prison in Leicestershire.

The 35-year-old – who killed his one-month-old son Luigi in May 2007 in a fit of rage over the child crying – is said to have used the page to send menacing messages to his former partner Samantha Askew.

A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary and a spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said their forces have not been asked to carry out an investigation into the allegation.

During Mills’ trial in February 2008, the jury heard that to prevent Miss Askew telling police what had happened to Luigi, the former rapper had threatened to kill her if he went to jail.

The Prison Service declined to discuss Mills’ individual case. However, a spokesman said there could be difficulties proving a prisoner was actually the person updating a Facebook profile.

He added any such incident could still be noted against an offender when he became eligible to apply for day release or parole.

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However, the spokesman also said: “The prison has worked with Facebook to have the profile taken down. The Prison Service has also worked with the (Askew) family to ensure they have been kept informed and has offered its sympathies for the distress this has caused.

“Prisoners have no access to the internet and cannot legitimately contribute to websites while serving their sentence. They are also barred from asking others to do so from outside prison.

“It is an offence to use or bring into prison, without authorisation, a mobile telephone or any other device capable of transmitting or receiving images, sounds or information.”

The Askew family declined to comment.

Luigi Askew died of head and abdominal injuries after being attacked by Mills at Miss Askew’s home in Lanercost Way, Ipswich.

At Mills’ sentencing in July 2008, Ipswich Crown Court heard that he told Miss Askew: “I’m going to shut him up. I cannot stand this crying.”

Before attacking Luigi, Mills had subjected Miss Askew to a sustained attack during which he beat her with a rubber hammer, leaving her bleeding from the head.

In addition to being found guilty of murdering Luigi, Mills was also convicted of grievous bodily harm on Miss Askew.

Mills, who used the stage-name Crafty D when rapping in the 1990s, had a history of domestic violence.

In 2002, he was given two years’ imprisonment after admitting twice assaulting another girlfriend.

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