Tom Storey was instructed to prosecute a case in which a five-month old child suffered fractures to both sides of his skull and associated bleeding to his brain. The Defendant, who had been looking after the baby at the time, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He initially claimed that he had found the baby having difficulty breathing when he went to check on him; he later claimed that the injuries must have been sustained when the baby fell asleep on him as he lay in bed, and then rolled off him and fell to the floor.
Careful consideration by the medical experts enabled the prosecution to demonstrate that the baby’s injuries were not consistent with the Defendant’s explanations, but must have been caused by an incident involving shaking and blunt force trauma to both sides of the head. The Defendant was due to face trial in April, but this could not proceed as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions. He subsequently pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, and accepted having shaken the child before throwing him across a bed with enough force for him to bounce against a bedside cabinet and then fall to the floor. Although it is too early to know the full extent of the child’s injuries, it is thought that he will have suffered permanent brain damage.
The Defendant was sentenced by remote hearing on Friday 20th June 2020 to 2 years and 10 months’ imprisonment.
Tom Storey was instructed by Amanda McInnes of the Leeds CPS Complex Casework Unit.