31/08/2007

Man Jailed Over Assault On Three-Year-Old Son

A 25-year-old man has been jailed for nine months for wilful assault and neglect of a child.

Belfast Crown Court heard that the man, who cannot be identified to protect the child, had been smoking cannabis at the time he smacked his three-year-old son.

The man was woken by his son crying after he fell down the stairs and the man smacked him so hard that he suffered over 40 bruises.

The man pleaded guilty to both charges of wilful assault and neglect of a child and the judge said a jail term was essential to show society’s abhorrence.

(SB/SP)

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