Xbox player left baby brain dam­aged af­ter fly­ing into a rage caused by game

The Herald - - NEWS - ASHLIE MCANALLY

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.

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