Killer dad found guilty of murder

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A DAD who murdered his seven-week-old baby son by violently shaking him and striking him with a hard object is facing life behind bars after he was found guilty of murder.

Ian Hutchinson, aged 25, left little Kieron Hutchinson with a large skull fracture, severe brain damage and bleeding behind both eyes in an attack while the infant was in his sole care.

The jury of 10 women and two men took just over five-and-a-half hours to convict Hutchinson of murder by unanimous verdict.

The child killer fought back tears and took deep breaths after jurors found him guilty.

Judge Mr Justice MacDuff told Sheffield Crown Court Hutchinson faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, and will have to serve a minimum term before the Parole Board considers it safe to release him.

He thanked the jurors for their ‘careful attention.’ .

Kieron died in hospital four days after being attacked at Hutchinson’s mother Georgina’s home in Station Road, Chapeltown on September 3 last year.

Georgina and Hutchinson’s wife Rebecca were out shopping at a supermarket.

Bryan Cox QC, prosecuting, said the murder could have been sparked by Hutchinson becoming ‘frustrated’ at being unable to change his son’s nappy.

“The combination of these injuries could not have been caused by an accident,” he said.

Jurors heard damning medical evidence, with neuropathologist Dr Daniel Duplessis saying Kieron’s injuries were similar to those of a car crash victim.

A post-mortem found damaged ribs, indicating the infant had been assaulted before. A GP who examined him hours before the attack reported no concerns.

Hutchinson claimed Kieron had suddenly started to cry loudly before collapsing in his arms.

He told jurors: “I would never in a million years want to inflict pain on a child.”

The murderer had held his victim as his life support machine was switched off.

Temp Det Insp Ian Fidler said: “This case lay in the overwhelming medical evidence and who, other than Ian Hutchinson could have been responsible for the injuries. The rapidity of Kieron’s demise could only have been at the hands of his father. We hope this verdict provides some closure for the other family members, who are devastated by this incident and the loss of a young child.”

Hutchinson will be sentenced on Monday.

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