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Man jailed for life over baby death


15-month-old Violet Mullen, who was murdered by Gary Alcock

15-month-old Violet Mullen, who was murdered by Gary Alcock



15-month-old Violet Mullen, who was murdered by Gary Alcock

A man has been jailed for life for the "horrific" murder of a 15-month-old girl who he savagely attacked after her crying interrupted him playing on his X-Box.

Violet Mullen was punched, slapped and pinched by Gary Alcock in the three weeks leading up to her death before he delivered a fatal blow to the stomach which tore her internal organs.

Alcock, 28, must serve a minimum of 21 years before he can be considered for parole.

A jury at Manchester Court had cleared his ex-partner, Claire Flanagan, 22, - the child's mother - of murder. Last month she was instead found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Violet by ignoring the obvious signs of abuse.

The court heard Flanagan put her desperate need for a man in her life ahead of her daughter. She was jailed for five years.

An ambulance was called to Flanagan's home on January 12 after Alcock told emergency services the child seemed "spaced out" and her lips were blue and cold.

Paramedics entered the house in Huddersfield Road, Oldham, and found Violet was not breathing and covered in bruises. They tried to revive her in the ambulance en route to Royal Oldham Hospital but she died 45 minutes after arrival.

The youngster died from internal bleeding after suffering 35 separate injuries including multiple bruises, rib fractures and brain damage, which were comparable to injuries suffered in a car crash

Alcock had moved in with Flanagan just weeks after they started dating.

Sentencing the pair, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said: "In the three weeks before her death you, Gary Alcock, subjected her to repeated violence... This was the way you chose to cope with a demanding little girl who demanded your attention and interrupted your time-consuming hobby of playing computer games."