Father jailed for life for the murder of his baby

23/02/2016

The father of a five-month-old baby girl, who was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of her murder, has today been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 21 years.

In the early hours of 1 April 2015, an ambulance was called to a property on Crantock Road, Perry Barr by 26-year-old Tomas Driukas with reports of his young daughter not breathing.

On arrival, paramedics found 28-week-old Deimante Driukaite in an unresponsive state and she was immediately taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital. Throughout the day medical staff attempted to resuscitate Deimate, but she succumbed to her injuries and passed away.

Following a medical examination of the young child, doctors discovered a number of injuries to her body which included multiple fractures to the ribs and a major brain trauma.

Following a post-mortem examination, a Home Office Pathologist concluded that the injuries suffered by the child were non-accidental and most likely to have been caused by more than one episode of violent shaking.

Police arrested Driukas, in whose care the child had been at the time she collapsed.

The baby's father was found guilty of his daughter's murder, two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and a further count of causing grievous bodily harm.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Throughout her very short life, Deimante Driukaite was subjected to a course of violent abuse at the hands of her father.

"The substantial injuries, which ultimately proved fatal, were inflicted upon Deimante by her father, the very person who should have cared for her and protected her from harm.

"Throughout this prosecution the defendant denied abusing and killing Deimante, but a jury rejected his explanation of how she sustained her injuries and convicted him of these most serious offences."