Woman tried to mur­der child

De­fen­dant threw young vic­tim head­first to the ground

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Keith Hunt

A woman has a d mitt e d at­tempted mur­der af­ter she threw a young child head first to the ground, caus­ing se­ri­ous in­juries.

Kim Clark, of Ash­ford, en­tered the plea shortly be­fore she was due to stand trial on Mon­day.

The 34-year-old de­nied at­tempt­ing to wound her part­ner, David Hamer, with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm af­ter arm­ing her­self with a knife, and the charge was left on file.

Clark had de­nied at­tempted mur­der and pleaded guilty to caus­ing the child griev­ous bod­ily harm with in­tent, but pros­e­cu­tor Christo­pher Tehrani QC said the in­ten­tion was to pro­ceed to trial on the more se­ri­ous charge.

The de­fen­dant then changed her plea af­ter her QC, Alan Kent, said she did not wish to have a trial.

The judge, Mr Jus­tice Spencer, ques­tioned whether Clark’s in­ten­tion to kill the vic­tim was formed on the spur of the mo­ment in Fe­bru­ary last year.

But Mr Tehrani said that be­fore Clark threw the child to the floor, she said: “I am sorry what I am about to do.”

She then lifted the tot to shoul­der level and threw it head first to the ground.

The child, who can­not be iden­ti­fied for le­gal rea­sons, suf­fered head frac­tures.

Mr Tehrani said the vic­tim was too young for there to be a defini­tive prog­no­sis for the fu­ture.

Clark has been de­tained at Maid­stone Hos­pi­tal’s Trevor Gibbens psy­chi­atric unit, and was ac­com­pa­nied in the dock by two nurses.

Mr Kent said Clark, who has a per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, could be de­tained fur­ther un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

Ad­journ­ing sen­tenc­ing for fur­ther psy­chi­atric re­ports, Mr Jus­tice Spencer said: “It is a very se­ri­ous case.”

Pic­ture: Paul Den­nis

Maid­stone Crown Court

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