Poppi Worthington’s father describes his baby daughter as a ‘bully’ and CRIES as he refuses to answer 252 questions – including if he sexually abused her – after coroner hears her DNA was found on his genitals when she died

Poppi Worthington's father refuses to answer questions

Paul Worthington, 49, (left today) was accused of sexually abusing 13-month-old Poppi (right) shortly before her tragic death in 2012 – but he escaped prosecution amid claims of a bungled police investigation. Mr Justice Peter Jackson said last year the toddler probably suffered ‘a penetrative sexual assault’ at the hands of her father shortly before her sudden death. Giving evidence for a second day today, Poppi’s father refused to answer 183 questions by citing ‘Rule 22’, which allows witnesses at inquests to avoid incriminating themselves. Yesterday he refused another 69. Today he was asked if he had sexually abused her or smothered her with a pillow and again refused to answer before he broke down in tears. But he did reply to a question about Poppi’s personality and said she was a ‘lovely bubbly, happy’ child, adding: ‘She could bully – in her own little way’.

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