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Killer shook baby to death then lied to wife about it

By Laura Paterson

Published 13/08/2016

A man who shook his baby son, causing fatal injuries, has been jailed for more than seven years.

Supermarket worker David Sinclair (34) shook six-month-old Joshua in a "momentary loss of control" on December 6, 2012, causing him to die in hospital hours later.

Sinclair, of East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of culpable homicide days before he was due to face trial.

At the High Court in Glasgow yesterday, Judge Lord Bracadale jailed him for seven years and three months, saying: "You must have known at the time that you had shaken him but did not disclose that, and it was only after extensive medical investigation demonstrated that he had been shaken that you admitted it."

Sinclair had also misled his wife, the judge said, adding: "It is clear from what she has now told the court that she feels that she has been misled by you and can no longer support you."

Sinclair's lawyer, Iain Duguid QC, said his client claimed to have loved Joshua.

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