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Man who killed daughter sentenced

A young father who killed his baby daughter by repeatedly biting, punching and violently shaking her faces life behind bars when he is sentenced later.

Lithuanian Aurimas Medvedevas, 23, inflicted terrible injuries on two-month-old Aukse on September 5 last year, the day her mother went back to work for the first time since giving birth.

His partner, agency worker Dzesika Urbikaite, 22, returned to their Peterborough home that night to find her daughter dead in a cot.

Medvedevas, of Clifton Avenue, Peterborough, had denied murder but on the third day of his Old Bailey trial he dramatically changed his plea to guilty.

He will be sentenced by judge Timothy Pontius.

Ms Urbikaite wept as prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court how her baby died.

He said Aukse suffered a fatal head injury and there were "signs of numerous other inflicted injuries too".

A post-mortem examination uncovered a catalogue of bruises and abrasions on Aukse's body as well as two bite marks on her head.

She had significant internal injuries including a deep cut to the liver, five rib fractures, and bleeding on the brain and eyes indicating that she had been shaken.

An examination of one of the bite marks showed it matched the defendant's teeth imprint, the court heard.

Mr Khalil told jurors: "For reasons known only to him but which may well be rooted in the pressures of home life and his own inability to cope with the change in his circumstances, he took hold of his own baby, he bit her on the head, he struck her repeatedly and he shook her hard. As a result of all that she died, not immediately, but a few hours later.

"As he committed those acts of violence against baby Aukse he must have intended to kill her or cause her really serious harm. That is murder."

Medvedevas initially denied murder but repeatedly changed his story in an attempt to avoid responsibility for her death.

After he was arrested, he admitted he had been in sole care of the baby but denied hurting her.

Before his trial, he produced an account claiming the baby must have fallen out of bed and hit her head on the side of the cot while he was beside her in a deep sleep.

And on the day his original trial was due to start in May, he produced a radically different account, accepting for the first time that he caused the injuries.

He admitted murder on Friday last week after listening to the prosecution case against him for two days.

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