David Hollick was found guilty of the manslaughter of his 6-month-old son, Kairo following a 5 week trial before Mr Justice Dove and a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

Kairo died as a result of a catastrophic brain injury. The prosecution case was that this fatal injury had been caused by a severe inflicted impact to his head and violent shaking, that also accounted for complex skull fractures Kairo was found to have sustained when he was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital in a state of collapse.

The case was evidentially complex. Experts in 5 areas of clinical medicine and pathology were called.

By their verdicts, the jury rejected the defendant’s account that the injuries Kairo sustained were caused by accidental fall whilst he was holding his son in his arms and were sure that the injuries were unlawfully inflicted..

The defendant has today been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. In his sentencing remarks Mr Justice Dove said that it was difficult to think of a case involving a more “grotesque” breach of trust.

David and Chloe were instructed by Georgina Davis of the West Midlands Complex Casework Unit.

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