Father convicted of the murder of his four-month-old baby

11/07/2014

Ross Conlin,28, from Farnborough was today convicted and sentenced to 17 and half years at Winchester Crown Court of the murder of his four-month-old baby Kiera Conlin who died as a result of being severely shaken.

Following the conviction and sentence, Julia Woodward, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Kiera Conlin was only four months when she died at the hands of the man who was supposed to protect her throughout her life, her father Ross Conlin. 

"The jury at Winchester Crown Court heard how the medical experts concluded that she was shaken violently and may have also suffered a further head impact. They described the nature of the violent shaking she suffered as a recognised triad of injuries found in such cases bleeding to the brain, brain injury due to loss of oxygen supply and retinal haemorrhaging. She also suffered spinal injuries consistent with rapid movement. Her injuries were so severe that she became unconscious, she never recovered and died the following day.

"Ross Conlin lied in evidence stating that his daughter started to choke on her vomit after she refused to drink the bottle of milk he was giving her. The prosecution case was that Ross Conlin inflicted serious injuries to Kiera in the period leading up to the fatal event and that he murdered her on 6 may 2013.

"The jury heard that the tension between the couple and the fact that Ross Conlin had issues at work, money problems and was a cocaine and drug user contributed without any doubts with his struggle to care for his daughter and added to his anger when she was difficult to care for.

"Today, after hearing the prosecution and the defence case the jury decided that Ross Conlin was guilty of killing Kiera.

"We would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence in this case and our thoughts are with Kiera's family."