Father given life sentence for the murder of his five-week-old baby in Bristol
A man has been given a life sentence with a minimum term of 15 years at Bristol Crown Court today for the murder of his baby son.
James Clark was convicted in August of the murder of Sean Clark, who was five weeks and four days old at the time of his death.
Sean died at a house in Warmley, Bristol on the morning of Sunday 14 January 2018. An ambulance crew was sent to the house following a report of “a little boy not breathing” but tragically there was nothing they could do to revive Sean.
Later medical examination confirmed that during his short life Sean had sustained traumatic head injuries consistent with being shaken on two or more occasions. X-rays revealed 75 sites of fracture on Sean’s ribs, with the most recent injuries being from shortly before his death.
Ann Hampshire from the CPS said: “Sean Clark was the victim of a number of serious assaults in the weeks before he died. These attacks resulted in a series of horrific injuries and eventually in Sean’s tragic death.
“Cases involving the death of a child are distressing for everyone involved. This includes the jury, who were presented with harrowing evidence from some of top medical experts in the country, and who found James Clark guilty of murder.”
Notes to editors
- Ann Hampshire is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit of CPS South West.
- James Clark (DOB 12/01/1990) was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 15 years.