Senior Constable Colin David Randall, of Queensland, Australia, lashed out at his ten-week-old son the first time he was left alone with him, Brisbane Supreme Court heard.
The 37-year-old apparently lashed out after becoming angry that his recent transfer request to Hervey Bay was blocked by his department.
On the morning he killed his son, Randall’s wife had gone to the shops while he stayed at home and put him in a swing.
The court heard he leaned down and punched the boy once, news.com.au reported.
It left the boy with severe internal injuries, from which he never recovered.
“The child went into cardiac arrest because of the trauma,” crown prosecutor Phil McCarthy said.
He was taken to hospital and for two-and-a-half hours unsuccessful attempts were made to resuscitate him.
Randall had for three and a half years maintained the injuries were caused by CPR he had incorrectly performed, despite being familiar with the technique.
“It beggars belief in circumstances where he was a trained instructor (in CPR),” Mr McCarthy said.
He kept up the same lie for years and told his former wife, medical staff and investigators he had been vacuuming and left the boy in his swing.
To keep up the ruse, he claimed the boy was limp and unresponsive when he found him.
But when he last week pleaded guilty to his son’s manslaughter, he confessed to hitting the boy.
“It’s just an horrendous attack on a ten-week-old baby,” Justice Peter Davis said.
Mr McCarthy told the court Randall should be given a sentence comparable to Heidi Strbak.
She was jailed for a minimum four years for killing her four-year-old son. The sentence hearing continues.
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Illegal Abortions Responsible For Mysterious Deaths In Bauchi: State Govt
Bauchi State Government has revealed that the mysterious deaths recorded in the State has been as a result of illegal abortions.
An investigation carried out by the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has revealed that illegal abortion by unqualified medical practitioners is the cause of mysterious deaths in Azare and other local government areas in the northern part of the state.
According to reports, no fewer than 200 women have died in Bauchi as a result of this and there are projections that the number could be more at the end of the investigation.
The Executive Chairman of the agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, disclosed this Friday, May 29, at an interactive session organized by the Bauchi State Public Health Media Network.
Mohammed said the deaths resulted from unwanted and unplanned pregnancies by both married and unmarried women of childbearing ages who, after becoming pregnant, visited quack health workers to terminate the pregnancies.
He said the lack of understanding of the importance of child spacing as well as ignorance of what to do with such pregnancies had become a major problem to family health in the state.
He emphasized the need for adequate sex education for the girl-child by parents, particularly mothers, to reduce unwanted pregnancies, thereby reducing deaths from complications.
Ondo Govt Arraigns Suspected Killers Of Funke Olakunrin
The Ondo State Government has arraigned four men suspected to have killed Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of the National Leader of Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
Recall that it was earlier reported that the Nigeria Police Force handed over the suspects to the State Government.
They are Lawal Mazaje from the Felele area of Kogi State, Adamu Adamu from Jada area of Adamawa State, Mohammed Usman from Illela area of Sokoto State, and Auwal Abubakar from Shinkafi area of Zamfara State.
The suspects were arraigned on Friday by the government at a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure.
Lagos Govt To Shutdown Markets Violating Social Distancing Order
The Lagos State Government has threatened to shut down markets in the State violating the social distancing order.
The Corps Marshal, Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), Gbemisola Akinpelu, gave the warning on Monday at the Command Headquarters in the Oshodi area of the state.
In a statement issued by the Head, Public Affairs Unit of LAGESC, Adebayo Kehinde noted that the order is coming from the State Ministry of Environment.
He reiterated the commitment of the agency to monitor markets across the state to ensure that the directive of the government is being adhered to strictly.
He urged the traders to maintain environmental cleanliness around the markets and stop trading on road setbacks and drainage.
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