Lengthy jail term for man who shook baby girl
Child likely to face lifetime of disabilities
A man who shook a baby girl so violently she faces a lifetime of disabilities has been jailed for four years and eight months.
Dale Thomson, 27, from Arbroath will also be subject to a further three-year monitoring extension.
Thomson returned to the High Court in Glasgow for sentencing yesterday having previously admitted seizing the then 10-month-old and shaking her repeatedly, to her severe injury, permanent impairment and danger of her life at a property in Dundee in April.
Thomson also admitted assaulting a new-born baby boy on October 25 2010 at a flat in Dundee.
The court heard that when the onemonth-old cried, Thomson seized him
You accept you violently shook her in such a way that you could have killed her. LORD BURNS
by his clothing, lifted him in the air without supporting his head and thrust him forcefully on to his lap.
In relation to the baby girl, Thomson told police he had been “frustrated” at being unable to settle her but had not meant to harm the tot.
Thomson originally faced a charge of attempted murder in relation to the little girl.
Lord Burns told Thomson: “You have pled guilty to two charges of assault of young children.
“You knew yourself you were somebody who could lose control.
“So far as any culpability is concerned, your self-awareness of your own anger management problems seems to be an aggravating factor here.
“You accept you violently shook her in such a way that you could have killed her,” added the judge. He said reports had identified Thomson as high risk in terms of reoffending.
“I think that an extended sentence in this case is required, with an extension period of three years during which you will be monitored and offered assistance,” added Lord Burns.
Dale Thomson: High risk of reoffending.