Hull man sentenced to eight and a half years for manslaughter of his baby son

12/11/2015

Liam Laverick has today been sentenced to eight and a half years at Hull Crown Court after a jury found him guilty of the manslaughter of his baby son, Tommy Lee.

David Cammies, Reviewing Lawyer, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said: "This was a terribly tragic case involving the death of a very young baby at the hands of his own father.

"Liam Laverick, shook baby Tommy Lee deliberately and with such force that he suffered immediate and fatal head injuries. The baby became limp and lifeless, barely able to breathe. Then, rather than take the critically ill child straight to hospital, which was almost on his doorstep, he delayed; he sought out the baby's mother, who was visiting her sister nearby. Tommy Lee was only then taken to Hull Royal Infirmary. He was later transferrred to Leeds General Infirmary, where he died shortly afterwards of catastrophic brain injury. He was less than a month old.

"Laverick then compounded his actions by repeatedly lying about what had happened, for example suggesting that he had tripped over in the hospital whilst running with Tommy Lee. CCTV demonstrated that this never happened.

"Liam Laverick has today been found guilty of manslaughter. After hearing all the evidence put before them, the jury decided that Laverick's deliberate actions without thought for the obvious consequences make him criminally responsible for the death of Tommy Lee. It is impossible to imagine the grief Tommy Lee's family must be experiencing and our thoughts remain with them.  We hope today's sentence brings them some comfort."