Xbox player left baby brain damaged after flying into a rage caused by game
A MAN who left a baby girl badly brain damaged – after getting “stressed” playing his Xbox – has been jailed for almost five years.
Dale Thomson violently shook the ninemonth-old child while apparently looking after her in April this year.
A judge heard how the victim will suffer “lifelong implications” as a result of the attack.
Thomson, formerly of Irvine, turned on the child having years earlier lashed out at a one-month-old boy because he woke up during the night.
The crime emerged as the 27-year-old storeman appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.
He pled guilty to attacking the girl to her severe injury, permanent impairment and danger of her life at a flat in Dundee. Thomson also admitted assaulting the baby boy at another house in the city in October 2010.
Yesterday Judge Lord Burns jailed Thomson for four years and eight months, and ordered he be supervised for three years on his release.
Passing sentence he told him: “You pled guilty to two charges of assaulting very young children.
“You knew yourself to be somebody who could lose control of his temper and that happened in October 2010 and again in April 2018.”
He added: “So far as your culpability is concerned, your self awareness of your own anger management problem seems to me to be an aggravating factor here.
“You accept you deliberately assaulted this child in April and you could have killed her.”
Thomson was ‘stressed’ by his Xbox playing.