Jury out over father accused of shaken baby death
- 28 July 2014
- From the section London
A jury has retired in the trial of a man accused of the manslaughter of his 12-year-old son after he suffered "catastrophic" injuries as a baby.
Allan Young, 36, was living with his partner in Belsize Road, north-west London, when five-week-old Michael Winn was shaken in 1998.
Mr Young, of Wishaw, north Lanarkshire, denies manslaughter. But in 1999 he had admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
Michael died in the care of his adoptive mother in January 2011.
A year after the assault Mr Young had admitted causing grievous bodily harm to his baby, the Old Bailey heard, but he was further charged with manslaughter after Michael's death.
Following the assault in 1998, Michael was put into care and later adopted.
The jury was told that Michael's death was a direct result of the "catastrophic brain injuries" he suffered as a newborn, which caused cerebral palsy and curvature of the spine.
The child had trouble breathing, was blind, incontinent and could not speak.