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Philip Doyle jailed for manslaughter of ex-fiancée's child

Philip Doyle
Image caption Doyle's sentence was backdated to 11 March this year

A 34-year-old man from County Wicklow has been sentenced to 11 years for the manslaughter of a three-month-old baby.

Philip Doyle of Tinakilly, Aughrim, was found guilty last week of the manslaughter of Ross Murphy in April 2005.

The baby was his ex-fiancée Leona Murphy's child.

Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy said it was a case of assault manslaughter and went far beyond a situation where an individual lost temper.

He described it as a case of significant violence on a child in the absence of his mother.

Doyle's sentence was backdated to 11 March this year.