Bracknell man jailed for beating babyBy Becky Barnes
February 25, 2013
A man who fractured the skull of a 13-month-old baby has been jailed for five years.
Stefan James, of Romney House, Blewburton Walk, admitted one count of grievous bodily harm and one of actual bodily harm at Reading Crown Court on February 4 and was sentenced today (Monday).
Allison Hunter, prosecuting, said the 21-year-old lost his temper when the baby was crying on September 24 last year.
The court heard the baby suffered bruising to the face and neck after James strangled, slapped and punched it.
Ms Hunter said a medical examination after police were called revealed the baby had a fracture to the skull.
The court heard the actual bodily harm charge was dated at some point in the three weeks before when James threw the baby in its walker across a room and then on to a bed.
Dickon Reid, defending, said this was a "desperately sad case" and "immature" James was "thoroughly ashamed of what he had done".
James was sentenced to five years for grievous bodily harm and 18 months for actual bodily harm to run concurrently.