Man imprisoned for murdering two month old daughter

26/10/2016

A 31 year old man has today been sentenced to life for the murder of his two month old baby girl in March 2016. He has been ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison. He was found guilty yesterday after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

John Burrill assaulted Daisy-Mae in the early hours of 11th March 2016 after she had woken up for a night feed at their address on Warren Street, Fleetwood.  She died three days later at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital of serious head injuries.

Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "This is tragic case whereby John Burrill carried out a vicious assault upon a defenceless baby resulting in her death.

"He had smoked cannabis throughout the early hours of the night whilst tending to his daughter who would not settle.

"For a reason only he can explain, he lost his temper and caused a forceful impact to her head. He initially denied all responsibility for causing her injuries, but later admitted he had used force upon her but that he had not intended to cause her serious injury or death.  However after careful consideration of the evidence against him, the jury have concluded that he did in fact murder his two-month-old baby.

"We understand that today's outcome cannot in any way make up for the loss of Daisy-Mae but our thoughts are very much with the rest of the family at this very difficult time.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to protecting young people and children and will continue to work with the police to bring those who harm them to justice."