May 2017: Bishop/Jones has now been jailed for three and a half years after he armed himself with a water pistol and attempted to rob a Travelodge hotel
April 2017: Now living in Taliesin – The blue flats near ASDA in Cwmbran – Now called ‘Danny Jones’
October 2014: A evil step-father who tortured a toddler to death and who was jailed for 12 years in 2007 has now been released after serving just 7 years
Bishop had admitted child cruelty and manslaughter and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the two year old.
At the trial prosecution said: “The little girl was systematically abused, tortured and ultimately killed.
“When she died she was found to have 13 fractures to various parts of her body, a cigarette burn, crushing injuries to both her hands and numerous bruises to her head, body and limbs.
“The doctor who examined her said she would have suffered intense and excruciating pain and significant disability.
“Lois received no medical attention and neither of the defendants did anything to stop her nightmare.”
The court heard that during one incident Bishop lifted the little girl’s leg onto a red-hot gas hob causing her severe burns to her left foot.
The temperature of the gas hob was estimated at 150 degrees centigrade.
Both Bishop and her mother claimed it was caused when she walked on boiling water accidentally spilled from the kettle.
Bishop shook her so violently that she suffered a brain haemorrhage and died two days later.
Bishop, a drug user, started torturing the little girl “almost immediately” after moving in with her mother Sarah in the summer of 2004.
Lois was two years and three months old when she died on 8 November 2004, at the couple’s home on the Lansbury Park housing estate in Caerphilly.
Social workers ‘failed to act’ on risks to toddler tortured to death by stepfather
Social workers failed to spot ‘indicators of risk’ to a toddler who was tortured to death by her stepfather, a report has found.
Two-year-old Lois Lazenby was tortured by Daniel Bishop over a period of six weeks before he shook her to death in 2004.
Bishop was jailed for 12 years after admitting child cruelty, manslaughter and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
During the sentencing in October last year, the court heard that 28-year-old Bishop, from Caerphilly, South Wales, systematically abused, tortured and ultimately killed the toddler, leaving her with 13 fractures to various parts of her body, a cigarette burn, and crushing injuries to both her hands.
The court also heard Lois’s 30-year-old mother, Sarah Bishop, turned a blind eye to the abuse. She was subsequently given six years’ imprisonment after admitting child cruelty.
In October 2004 the child was placed on the Child Protection Register under the category for emotional abuse.
The report said professionals failed to recognise ‘indicators of risk’ concerning the toddler. Its author, Peter Maddocks, said: ‘At the time of her death she had been identified as a child requiring the protection of all the agencies contributing to the child protection conference.
‘This status of being a child in need of protection should have happened much more quickly. Some of this is attributable to information not being shared effectively at an earlier stage, but in the latter months it is a failure to recognise indicators of risk and to make properly organised enquiries and assessments.
‘When the child protection procedures were invoked, further delays occurred. With the benefit of hindsight, if procedures had been followed, if Child 1 (Lois) had been the subject of properly organised supervision required of a detailed child protection plan, and if professionals had been less accepting of mother and had sought professional paediatric advice, different decisions may have been taken.
‘Collectively, there was a failure to act with sufficient clarity of purpose.’
Mr Maddocks also said Mr Bishop’s antecedent history, littered with convictions for drug abuse and serious offences, were indicators he presented a risk of violence.
However, Mr Maddocks added: “There is nothing to indicate injury to a child in his previous history.’
At a press conference, Mr Maddocks said he was ‘very satisfied’ by the response taken since the commission of his report.
David Hopkins, the chairman of the Caerphilly Safeguarding Children Board, said fundamental messages have been gleaned from the report which include recognising signs of hidden abuse, implementing robust risk assessment procedures and adhering to effective and efficient referral processes.
‘This was a terrible tragedy and we all truly and deeply regret we were unable to protect Lois from the hands of Daniel Bishop,’ said Mr Hopkins.
He added: ‘The tragic loss of Lois’s life highlights the challenges faced by a range of
professionals dealing with extremely sensitive child protection cases every day.
‘This case was complicated by the determined efforts of Sarah and Daniel Bishop to deceive professionals and cover up any signs of abuse or injuries to her.’
Mr Hopkins said disciplinary action has not been against staff responsible for monitoring Lois’s welfare.
A statement from the Caerphilly Safeguarding Children Board said: “This Serious Case Review is not about apportioning blame but about putting in place measures that will help improve all of the services involved in safeguarding children.’
The statement added: ‘The review also concludes that, even had the enquiries been more purposeful and structured, the outcome may not have been different – that is we could not have predicted that Bishop would kill Lois.’
Jail for ‘sadist’ who tortured tot
A man who sadistically tortured and killed his partner’s toddler was today jailed for 12 years.
Daniel Bishop, 27, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the two-year-old daughter of Sarah Bishop, 29, at the home they shared in Caerphilly, South Wales.
Sarah Bishop, of Alexander Court, Caerphilly, admitted child neglect after the death of her daughter Lois, who was placed on the Child Protection Register before her death in November 2004.
John Charles Rees QC, prosecuting, described the abuse suffered by Lois as “sadistic”.
He told Cardiff Crown Court: “This is a horrific case in which a two-year-old girl was systematically abused, tortured and ultimately unlawfully killed.” The court heard 13 fractures were inflicted on Lois’s body in the last six weeks of her life. She also had wounds on the sole of her left foot, where Daniel Bishop had held her over a hot cooker hob at a temperature of about 150C, and crushing injuries to her hand.
Mr Rees said the child had suffered “excruciating” pain, leading to “very significant” disability.
The little girl died from brain damage on November 8 2004, sustained when she was shaken by Daniel Bishop. Mr Rees described the shaking as “severe”.
Social services could not be criticised because what was happening to Lois was kept from them, the court heard.
Mr Rees said both defendants were heroin users who allowed the house to be used by other drug addicts, and that they had taken the drug on the day Lois was fatally injured.
The couple married in January 2006, just weeks after being interviewed in connection with Lois’s death.