Judge sentencing baby murderer Darryl Elliot almost "moved to tears" by mother's statement
The judge who sentenced baby murderer Darryl Elliott to life in prison has said the impact statement from the toddler’s mother moved him “almost to tears.”
30-year-old Elliot, of Stapleford, was jailed for a minimum of 15 years yesterday at Nottingham Crown Court.
Elliott 'snapped' whilst looking after Amelia Bowmar, violently shaking the 14-month-old causing devastating brain injuries.
Elliott initially said Amelia fell from the sofa whilst he was out of the room, and later said she had slipped and banged her head whilst being lifted from the bath.
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But she died on July 31 last year, three days after being rushed to hospital from her home in Sandringham Drive in Sutton-on-Sea.
“It makes harrowing reading; it moved me almost to tears; the sadness and anguish which you have caused,” said the Honourable Justice MacDuff during sentencing.
“Your job was to look after and protect her but, instead, she died at your hands.
“It is clear to me that because you perceived her to be misbehaving, or perhaps because you had to deal with her when she was sick, or just because you lost your temper at something wholly unconnected with her behaviour, you so violently and deliberately shook her as to cause the catastrophic injuries from which she died.
“Only you know exactly what went on inside that house on 28th July last year.
“I accept that this was a spur of the moment loss of temper and also that you did not intend to kill.
“I also accept that you were immediately full of remorse - although that remorse has to be seen alongside an attempt to distance yourself from what you did and a failure to acknowledge your responsibility.”