Ex-soldier from Northampton facing jail term after girl’s death


A former soldier from Northampton who admitted a charge of causing or allowing his 19-month-old daughter’s death, is set to be sentenced tomorrow.

At Nottingham Crown Court last month, Liam Culverhouse, aged 25, admitted causing injuries to his baby daughter which left her fighting for her life for 18 months before she died in Rainbow Children’s Hospice in Loughborough on November 7, 2012.

His daughter, Khloe Abrams, suffered the injuries 18 months after Culverhouse had been injured in Afghanistan.

Culverhouse, of Eastern Avenue North, Kingsthorpe, lost his right eye and had to play dead to survive a mass shooting at an Afghan National Police checkpoint in Helmand province in November 2009.

Five of the Lance Corporal’s fellow soldiers were killed in the attack and six others were injured.

Khloe’s mother, Clare Abrams, of Lloyd Road, Abington, pleaded not guilty to the same charge as Culverhouse and had the case against her thrown out by Judge Mr Justice Jeremy Baker.

The High Court judge warned Culverhouse that he faced a “significant custodial sentence”.

The sentencing of Liam Culverhouse will be followed by the publication of a serious case review into the death of his daughter.

The review, which is likely to be published later this year, will establish what lessons can be learnt from the case and whether any agencies can improve safeguarding practices.

The Chronicle & Echo understands the review will look at the roles of a number of areas, including the Ministry of Defence.