Lengthy jail term for man who shook baby girl

HIGH COURT: Child likely to face life­time of dis­abil­i­ties

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - GRA­HAM BROWN gbrown@the­courier.co.uk

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.

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