18 years for mur­der­ing ‘fa­ther’ of baby Elsie

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A MAN who mur­dered his daugh­ter two weeks af­ter for­mally adopt­ing her has been jailed for a min­i­mum of 18 years.

Evil Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was handed a life sen­tence for vi­o­lently shak­ing 18-month-old Elsie and strik­ing her head at their home in Llandaff, Cardiff, in May 2016.

He de­scribed the tod­dler as “a psy­cho”, “the ex­or­cist” and “Satan dressed up in a Baby Grow” in text mes­sages to friends and fam­ily mem­bers.

Cardiff Crown Court heard he strug­gled to cope with be­ing the pri­mary carer for Elsie as his hus­band, Craig Scully-Hicks, 36, worked full-time.

Scully-Hicks ( above) de­nied mur­der but a jury unan­i­mousl con­victed him of the charge on Mon­day fol­low­ing a four-week trial.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Mrs Jus­tice Davies said: “Elsie was aged just 18 months when you killed her, a young, vul­ner­a­ble and de­fence­less child.

“She had been en­trusted to the care of your­self and your hus­band, Craig Scully-Hicks, her adop­tive fa­thers.

“On May 25 2016 you in­flicted in­juries of such sever­ity upon Elsie as to cause her im­me­di­ate col­lapse and her death on May 29.”

“The in­juries were sus­tained when you gripped Elsie around the chest, your fin­gers were on her back ex­ert­ing pres­sure which frac­tured her ribs. The frac­ture to the skull was caused by an im­pact with a hard sur­face.”

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