A 30-year-old man Stapleford man, Darryl Elliott, was today convicted at Nottingham Crown Court of the murder of his partner’s child.
He was sentenced by the Honourable Mr Justice MacDuff to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years.
Fourteen-month-old Amelia Bowmar died of brain injuries on July 31 2012, three days after being rushed to hospital from her home in Sandringham Drive, Sutton on Sea.
The prosecution’s case had been that Darryl Elliott ‘snapped’ whilst looking after Amelia and shook her, resulting in what the consultant paediatric neuroradiologist, described as a very, very sick, very damaged brain.
Elliott had denied murder.
Amelia was initially taken to hospital in Grimsby, then transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where she died.
Senior Investigating Officer, DI Helen Evans, said, “This was a harrowing case to investigate. It is difficult to comprehend why someone would inflict such serious violence on a defenceless child but when that person is loved by the mother and the child, the abuse of trust makes the case all the more shocking.
“Elliott has consistently lied from the outset. He had 12 separate opportunities to explain to medical professionals what had happened to her, his initial account was disproved and therefore he changed his story to fit with the expert opinion of how Amelia’s injuries had occurred.
“The truth of what happened that afternoon has never been established.”