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Cannabis user Kane Kennedy guilty of smothering son to death

By Kim Pilling

A father has been found guilty of murdering his seven-month-old son by inflicting "frankly obscene" injuries on him.

Regular cannabis smoker Kane Kennedy (20) was said to be "bad-tempered" when he could not get hold of the drug and argued regularly with the mother of their child.

Preston Crown Court heard he forcibly got hold of Oskar Jobey-Kennedy's testicles, by either gripping, pinching or twisting them, and then pushed his fingers down the throat of the boy. He then placed his hand over the mouth of the child who was smothered to death.

Kennedy denied murder and tried to blame Oskar's mother, Tia Jobey, but a jury did not believe his account.

Kennedy, formerly of Harewood Avenue, Heysham, will be sentenced on December 15. Jobey (19) of Balmoral Road, Morecambe, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing or allowing the death of a child. On Tuesday, she was sentenced to 30 months in a young offender institution.

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