A thug who grabbed a six-month old baby by the throat and threw him onto a sofa has been jailed for four years, but could soon be freed due to time spent on remand.
Ordering Adam Patrick Toner (24) to spend at least two years of the sentence in custody, Belfast Crown Court Judge Patrick Lynch QC told him it would be up to the Parole Commissioners whether or not he is released and under what licence conditions for the next three years.
"The courts take a severe attitude to assaults upon the most vulnerable members of our society namely children," said the judge adding that the assault Toner perpetrated "was outrageous".
Toner, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to the six-month-old baby boy in September 2009 and has been in custody since the offence.
Prosecuting lawyer Kate McKay told the court that Toner admitted to twice grabbing the infant by its babygrow and throwing him four or five feet onto the sofa.
On the first occasion the child's mother managed to catch him, but on the second he landed on the sofa and rolled off.
Earlier last year the baby's mother was given a two-year probation term after pleading guilty to child cruelty by failing to seek medical attention for her son.