Man jailed for breaking toddler's leg - Houghton Regis

20/11/2012

A fantasist who battered a 2-year-old boy and broke his leg in Houghton Regis was jailed for 14-years today, Tuesday, 20 November 2012.

Daniel Yamamotoyoshi, who claimed he was a black belt in karate and had changed his surname to one of Japanese origin, told the little boy: "It is time to die" and "You are going to die now."

Yamamotoyoshi, 29, subjected the terrified toddler to an horrific onslaught in which he punched him, put him in a headlock, punched him again, kicked him, squeezed his neck and arm and threw him against a wall.

He suffered a broken leg, bruises, lumps to his head, swelling and bruising and will require long term psychiatric help, Luton Crown Court was told.

Yamamotoyoshi, of Leaf Road, Houghton Regis, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the child this year. He had pleaded guilty to causing him actual bodily harm on two other occasions when he had bitten the child.

Prosecutor Mary Loram said the photographs of the little boy's injuries were "graphic."  After the attack in which his leg was broken she said Yamamotoyoshi got cold water and poured it over the boy.

She said that on his arrest Yamamotoyoshi gave the police a "ludicrous" account in which he said the injuries were caused by muggers.

Alistair King, defending, said Yamamotoyoshi had no criminal record and since his arrest and remand in custody in May had been a "model prisoner." He went on: "His lifestyle was eccentric. He regrets what he has done and is willing to engage with psychiatrists while in custody."

Judge Barbara Mensah said the little boy had been subject to an "onslaught" from Yamamotoyoshi.

She went on: "This was cruel behaviour on a defenseless child. If I could make an order that you should never had contact again with any child I would make that order."

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