13 January 2016

DPP appeals sentence in baby shaking case

A two-year jail term handed to a man who negligently caused serious injury by shaking a four-week-old girl, and who recklessly caused serious injury by forcefully slapping the cheek of a four year old girl, has been appealed by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Darren Weston pleaded guilty to the charges in the County Court and on 4 December 2015 was sentenced to two years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of 15 months.

Between 20 and 25 November 2013, the four-week old daughter of Weston's de facto partner suffered multiple injuries and was admitted to hospital for 12 days with a skull fracture, intracranial injuries, retinal haemorrhages, rib fractures, fracture of the left femur and bruising. The injuries were caused by Weston shaking the baby and applying significant pressure to her head while she was under his sole care.

On 27 November 2013, a doctor attended to her sister who had bruises to her cheek suggestive of a forceful slap by an adult hand.

DPP John Champion S.C. has filed an appeal in the Court of Appeal against the sentence on the basis that it was manifestly inadequate.

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Anthony Loncaric

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