Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Baby killer tried to blame partner for death

A man has been convicted of murdering of his four-month-old baby daughter whose mother is from Belfast.

Craig Jamieson (30) shattered baby Abbie's skull and left her with horrific abdomen injuries after he brutally attacked her in the family home at Dumbarton Road in Glasgow.

Her mother Nichola Haddock (29) is believed to have returned to the Ballysillan area of Belfast.

Baby Abbie died from massive blood loss and shock and medical experts say that her injuries were caused by her being hit off a hard surface like a wall or a kitchen worktop.

It is believed the defenceless baby may have been swung by the ankles and smashed against something hard and then punched in the stomach.

Yesterday, at the High Court in Glasgow, a jury took just under four hours to convict Jamieson of the brutal killing, which took place on February 8, 2008.

Temporary judge Alastair Stewart QC told Jamieson that there was only one sentence he could pass — that of life imprisonment.

He deferred sentence on Jamieson until today to determine how many years he should spend in jail before being eligible for parole, adding: “This has been a long case and an anxious one.”

Prosecutor Lesley Shand QC told the court that unemployed Jamieson had one previous conviction for assault in 1999.

Jamieson showed no emotion as he was led away to the cells, but members of his family broke down in tears and one called out: “This is all wrong.”

Medical experts pinpointed that Abbie could only have received her brutal injuries while Jamieson was looking after her.

But, cowardly Jamieson, of Summerhill Place, Drumchapel, Glasgow, refused to own up to what he had done and tried to blame baby Abbie's grieving mum Nichola — forcing her to go through the ordeal of reliving her baby's death in court.

During two days in the witness box she was asked if she had ever hurt Abbie. She told the jury: “No. I loved my daughter with every piece of me.”

She told the court that Abbie was a miracle baby because doctors had told her she may never conceive due to fertility problems.

During the 19-day trial Jamieson — through his defence QC Ronnie Watson — claimed that Nichola was suffering from post-natal depression or Factitious Disorder where a mother tries to get attention for herself by harming her child.

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