Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Ross Conlin 'killed baby girl by shaking'

A baby girl was left with fatal injuries when her father shook her in a flash of anger following repeated abuse, a trial has heard.

Four-month old Keira Conlin was taken to hospital but died the following day, Winchester Crown Court was told.

Ross Conlin, 29, of Farnborough, denies murder and three counts of GBH with intent.

The girl's mother, Kelly Rayner, 26, also of Farnborough, denies allowing the death of a child.

Nigel Lickley QC urged the jury to "put emotion aside" for what they were warned might prove a harrowing case.

'Triad of injuries'

Doctors found Keira suffered repeated abuse in the months leading up to her death, including broken ribs and skull fractures, the court heard.

Mr Lickley said the "repeated nature of the injuries inflicted indicates there was one person using force against that small child".

The court was told Mr Conlin was left alone with his daughter on May Day Bank Holiday last year, while her mother Ms Rayner was out.

Mr Conlin rang 999 after Keira stopped breathing and told the operator she had been sick.

However, doctors found a "triad of injuries" associated with babies who had been shaken, the jury was told. These included bleeding to the brain and the back of the eyes and loss of oxygen to the brain.

The jury was told the couple had money worries and Mr Conlin was in trouble at his work with a debt collection agency.

He was also a cannabis and cocaine user and had been using dating sites, causing tension in the relationship.

Earlier, the court also heard about a discussion between Mr Conlin and Ms Rayner, which mentioned some bruising.

Mr Lickley said: "Maybe out of loyalty to Ross Conlin or fears that he might leave her, prevented her doing what any mother should and protecting her baby."

The trial continues.

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