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A father who was sentenced to 10 years in 2013 after he shook and killed his five-week-old baby after losing his temper has been RELEASED early

In 2013, Mark Lackenby (then 32) appeared in court after he had bet that Arsenal would beat Barcelona in their Champions League clash in February 2011.

But he became so angry when Barcelona took the lead that he lashed out at his daughter Ruby, leaving her with catastrophic injuries.

Lackenby shook his baby daughter Ruby so violently as he watched the televised match she suffered brain damage and bleeding on the brain.

Further tests after death also showed five small bruises to the back of the skull and one bruise on top which were only visible internally.

Pathologists dated the bleeding on the brain to having been caused 24 hours before death.

She died the next day when her life support had to be switched off.

He was cleared of murdering his daughter at their home in Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire but was found guilty of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

The court was also told that Lackenby had broken his child’s ribs a week or so before he inflicted the fatal injuries.

The court heard neither paramedics nor doctors could revive the infant when she was rushed to hospital.

She suffered brain damage and bleeding around the brain and medics also found she had three broken ribs caused about a week earlier.

The judge said that there was evidence he had harmed baby Ruby on other occasions.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said: “It was not a momentary loss of control or isolated but something which must be placed in its context of a growing pattern. These were incidents of temper.”


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