Ten years for Barnsley dad who killed his newborn baby

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A DAD found guilty of causing the death of his newborn baby girl has been jailed for ten years.

Mark Lackenby, aged 32, of High Street, Goldthorpe, was found guilty of manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm but not guilty of murder after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was jailed for ten years by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon.

His five-week-old daughter, Ruby Lackenby, died in February 2011 after collapsing at home and being rushed to hospital.

Tests revealed she had suffered head injuries, including bleeding and bruising.

She was also found to have fractured ribs thought to have been inflicted seven to 10 days before her death.

The prosecution case against Lackenby was that he fatally injured his newborn baby daughter while he was watching a football match on which he had placed a bet.

His partner at the time and Ruby’s mother - Gemma Coates, 31 - was today cleared of perverting the course of justice.

She had been accused of giving medics and police officers conflicting accounts of what had happened to her daughter in a bid to protect Lackenby, but denied the allegation.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sue Steeples said: “Mark Lackenby had his night planned. He came home to his tea on the table, beers in the fridge and a football match on the television. He’d bet on the football and stood to win if the match went his way.

“Ruby, his five-week-old daughter, was next to him on the sofa whilst her mother Gemma went in the bath.

“When a goal was scored against Mark’s team, we believe he lost his temper and lashed out at Ruby. We don’t know specifically what happened to Ruby but we do know that it resulted in a brain injury which led to her death.

“Mark had an opportunity to help her. When paramedics arrived they needed a true account of what happened to Ruby so they could offer her the best possible treatment. Mark lied to the paramedics and claimed Ruby had just stopped breathing.

“These were the two people that Ruby depended on for safety and security.

“We can only hope that today’s outcome offers some comfort to those who loved her.”