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CPS statement on case of Demi Leigh Mahon

26/06/2009

Cheryl Hramiak, Branch Crown Prosecutor for Salford, Stockport & Trafford, gave the following statement on the conviction of Karl McCluney, 15, for the murder of Demi Leigh Mahon, aged two.

"When medically examined, Demi Leigh had a total of 68 injuries - many to her head, face, upper body back and stomach - including at least one bite mark.

"The evidence suggests that she had been repeatedly punched, kicked and shaken, and that all of these injuries were caused by Karl McCluney.

"It is the Crown's case that, whatever mental problems he may have had, he knew what he was doing and the likely consequences of his actions.

"Following his crime, his lies differed and were clearly aimed at placing some distance between him and the appalling harm that Demi had sustained whilst in his supposed care.

"While today's conviction sadly cannot bring Demi back, the verdict does ensure that the person responsible for her untimely death has been brought to justice. Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Demis family."