Norfolk

Arunas Guzas jailed for shaking baby daughter to death

Arunas Guzas Image copyright Norfolk Constabulary
Image caption Arunas Guzas was found guilty of killing his baby daughter following a two-week trial

A man who shook his six-month-old daughter to death has been jailed for seven years for her manslaughter.

Arunas Guzas, 42, of King's Lynn, Norfolk had denied killing Milana, who had suffered "catastrophic" injuries.

She died five days after being taken to hospital in February 2016, Norfolk Crown Court was told.

The judge described her death as a "tragic case" and said Guzas was "in large measure a good and caring father".

Mr Justice Neil Garnham said he accepted the defendant had not intended to kill his daughter and was now "a broken man."

But, he added an older injury to Milana's arm revealed a previous loss of control by Guzas.

The factory shift worker will serve half of his seven-year term in prison and the other half on licence.

Image caption Milana was taken by her parents to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn (above) before being transferred to Addenbrooke's

During his trial Guzas, of Greenland Avenue, King's Lynn admitted he had shaken Milana "a little bit".

Guzas, who had not slept properly for 48 hours, said he had dozed off with his daughter on his chest and said he woke up to find her crying on the floor.

Speaking through a Lithuanian interpreter, the defendant said he "blamed himself for her death" because he was looking after her while his wife was out.

Home Office pathologist Dr Nat Cary said Milana - who was born 10 weeks early - died as a result of serious injuries to her brain, eyes and spine that were caused by being shaken.

'Death inevitable'

Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the jury she had "catastrophic head injuries for which there was no satisfactory explanation".

Det Ch Insp Mike Brown of Norfolk Police said it was an "extremely tragic investigation" and thanked medical staff who "immediately recognised the seriousness of her condition".

"Her death was sadly inevitable given the extent of her injuries," he said.

"Our primary concern throughout this inquiry has been to seek justice for Milana, which today's result reflects."

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