Baby’s broken ribs ‘not likely to be accidental’
A pathologist has told the trial of a Newtownabbey man charged with murdering his baby son that the child had 14 fractured ribs which may have been caused by “severe gripping or squeezing”.
Professor Archibald Malcolm told Belfast Crown Court yesterday that most injuries of that kind were “non accidental”.
Ryan Leslie (26), from Ballyvesey Green, denies the murder of his 14-week old son Cameron who died in hospital in September 2008.
The court has already been told that the baby suffered a blunt trauma injury to the back of his head.
Professor Malcolm told the jury that he examined the baby's ribcage and he discovered nine fractures at the front and five at the back.
He said the fractures had been caused between seven and 10 days before Cameron died.
The professor said it was difficult to cause rib fractures to a 14-week-old infant. He said: “Even fairly robust handling won't cause fractures.”
The case continues.