Paisley Daily Express

Brute who fractured baby’s skull is struck off register of carers

- DAVID CAMPBELL

A vile yob who shook a baby so hard she was left with a fractured skull has been struck off by a care watchdog.

Michael Finlay, from Johnstone, who was employed by Quarriers has now been formally removed from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register.

The 36-year-old was jailed for five years in 2019 after he was found guilty of violently abusing the tot, referred to as ZZ, leaving her severely injured and carrying out a campaign of control and abuse against his partner, referred to as YY.

The written SSSC ruling, published yesterday, states: “The panel considered that your actions that led to your conviction are extremely serious.

“The violent behaviour you demonstrat­ed towards a vulnerable baby and your threatenin­g and abusive behaviour towards ZZ fall well below the standards expected of a social services worker and is in breach of the code.

“The panel considered that your behaviour towards ZZ and YY raises serious questions about your suitabilit­y to work as a member of a caring and responsibl­e profession.”

The notice also said it was clear the yob had shown “no evidence to suggest that you have shown any insight into the seriousnes­s of your actions and their consequenc­es”.

It added the public would have “grave concerns” about him working in the caring profession as it placed the most severe sanction on him.

Finlay was caged for five years in 2019 over a string of attacks on the tot and for abusing his then partner.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how the thug, who worked as carer at Quarriers Village in Bridge of Weir, would order the child to “shut up” and even told the baby’s family “s**t happens” when they confronted him about the baby’s bruises.

The horror attacks took place at a house in Lenzie, East Dunbartons­hire, between October and December of 2017.

The social carer is also said to have bruised the girl on Christmas morning, having reportedly held her “too tight”.

After assaulting the child and fracturing her skull through “blunt force trauma”, Finlay could not explain to family members where a lump on her head had come from.

He failed in an appeal against the domestic abuse conviction, which was upheld at the High Court.

The SSSC panel’s judgment stated: “You have engaged in a pattern of unacceptab­le and concerning behaviours towards ZZ from February 2014 to 2016 and over a period of a few months towards YY.

“The panel acknowledg­ed that removal is the most serious sanction and that any sanction should be proportion­ate and took the view that removal was a proportion­ate sanction balancing your interests against the public interest and public protection.”

A Quarriers spokesman welcomed the decision.

The panel considered that your actions that led to your conviction are extremely serious

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Locked up Michael Finlay

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