A MAN appeared in court today accused of killing his five-week-old daughter.
Mark Lackenby, aged 32, of High Street, Goldthorpe, Barnsley, is charged with murdering his newborn daughter, Ruby, after she collapsed at home and died the following day.
Tests and scans revealed the baby had suffered brain damage and bleeding to her brain, which experts said were consistent with a ‘non-accidental head injury’.
A post mortem examination revealed two fractured ribs, believed to have been sustained during a bout of violence a week before her death.
Ruby’s mum Gemma Coates, 31, of High Street, Goldthorpe, is accused of perverting the course of justice by providing medics and police officers with a false account of what happened to her baby in a bid to ‘protect’ Lackenby.
Bryan Cox QC, prosecuting said the positioning and nature of the fractures was ‘consistent with very forceful gripping’.
He said Daniel du Plessis, a consultant neuropathologist, wrote a report in which he said ‘an element of shaking cannot be ruled out’.
Lackenby denies murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, while Coates denies perverting the course of justice.
The trial continues.
See tomorrow’s Star for more.