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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Father who killed his three-month-old son by throwing him down the stairs is jailed for life

Craig Goddard was sentenced to life for the murder of his baby son Alfie Goddard
An angry father was sentenced to life today for the murder of his baby son, whom he squeezed and dropped from a height after becoming frustrated with him.
Craig Goddard was told he must serve a minimum of 11 years in jail for the murder of his three-month-old son Alfie.
Goddard, 24, was appearing at Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing along with his former partner Lindsay Harris, 19, who has admitted perverting the course of justice.
Sentencing Goddard, Mr Justice Beatson described Alfie's death as 'truly tragic'.
He said: 'A young life has been lost and the two of you marked by the consequences of what has occurred for the rest of your lives.'
The judge told Goddard: 'Alfie wouldn't settle and you became upset.
'You shook him, rocking him from side to side, and grabbed and squeezed him too hard - hard enough to fracture three ribs.
'Then, in a moment of anger, you dropped him from a height of five feet.'
Mr Justice Beatson said social services could not be blamed.
He said: 'You accept, as does Miss Harris, that what happened was the responsibility of those who were present in that house.'
As the judge explained his sentencing, spiky-haired Goddard, wearing a checked shirt and blue jeans, nodded and looked close to tears.
He had earlier sat with his head bowed as the details of the case were revealed to the court.
The court heard Goddard had dropped baby Alfie down the stairs, causing fatal head injuries.

Lindsay Harris, 19, mother of three-month-old Alfie Goddard, admitted perverting the course of justice
He died at Sheffield Children's Hospital in May, last year.
Alfie had suffered head injuries consistent with 'squeezing by vigorous shaking followed by the child impacting on the floor'.
The court was told Craig Goddard suffered from anger management issues.
Details of the child's death were outlined by prosecuting barrister Simon Jackson QC.
He said Goddard gave varying accounts to police officers about how his son had died.
In one interview he said: 'Alfie must have fallen down the stairs when I had blacked out at the top of the stairs and Alfie must have gone down the stairs.'
In another interview, Goddard said he did not mean to do anything and the youngster would not settle.
'I just got frustrated, I didn't mean to hurt him. I've just got this anger thing, I didn't mean to hurt him. I just lost my temper.'more


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