Father who shook Down's Syndrome baby to death is jailed for life

아버지, 28, who shook his six-month-old son with Down’s Syndrome to death in fit of rage is jailed for life as mother, 35, is given three years for failing to protect him

  • Mihai-Catalin Gulie violently shook his son Robert Ion at home on February 21
  • Six-month-old taken to hospital but was pronounced dead three days later
  • Gulie, 28, was jailed for life for murder of his child after a three-week trial
  • Robert’s mother Gabriela Ion, 35, jailed for causing or allowing his death
  • A father who violently shook his six-month-old Down’s Syndrome baby to death has today been jailed for life.

    Mihai-Catalin Gulie, 28, was convicted of murdering Robert Ion by inflicting irreparable brain damage during a fit of rage at home in Widnes, Cheshire in February this year, 법원이 들었다.

    The baby, who was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome at birth and suffered from a range of medical complications, was rushed to hospital but was tragically pronounced dead just three days later.

    His mother Gabriela Ion, 35, had briefly left the house with her two-year-old daughter to buy sweets, a jury was told.

    She admitted trying to cover up the baby’s bruises and injuries including broken ribs with toothpaste, but insisted that she did not foresee the fatal attack despite witnessing serious earlier violence.

    오늘, Gulie was sentence to life after he was found guilty of murder following a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court. He must serve 20 years behind bars before being eligible to apply for parole.

    Ion was found guilty of causing or allowing his death and has been jailed for three years. Neither of the defendants showed any emotion during the hearing.

    Mihai-Catalin Gulie

    Gabriela Ion

    Mihai-Catalin Gulie (왼쪽) was convicted of the murder of his six-month-old child and his wife Gabriela Ion (권리) was found guilty of causing or allowing the baby’s death

    Sixth-month-old Robert Ion, who was diagnosed with Down's Syndrome at birth and suffered from a range of medical complications, was rushed to hospital but was tragically pronounced dead just three days later

    Sixth-month-old Robert Ion, who was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome at birth and suffered from a range of medical complications, was rushed to hospital but was tragically pronounced dead just three days later

    선고, Mrs Justice Yip said Gulie ‘plainly had a quick temperand on an earlier occasion had admitted throwing Robert because he ‘lost control to the devil’.

    The couple often rowed and a neighbour revealed that the two children ‘were living in a climate of aggression’. The children could frequently be heard crying ‘while raised adult voices could be heard’, a court was told.

    ‘He had his whole life ahead of him and no doubt would have continued to bring joy to those around him.

    She jailed Ion for allowing the death of their son, who was born with Down’s Syndrome and other medical complications, and had only been allowed home from hospital about two months earlier, just before last Christmas.

    Ion had witnessed Guile assaulting Robert 11 days earlier by grabbing him by the chest and forcefully shaking him before slamming him into his crib. This caused injuries including broken ribs and a bleed on the brain, but instead of getting treatment for him she tried to cover up the bruises with toothpaste after internet searches for remedies to get rid of bruising quickly.

    ‘Poor Robert undoubtedly suffered pain in the last days of his life as Miss Ion’s evidence revealed,’ Mrs Justice Yip said.

    The judge told Ion that she must have realised the injuries were significant and yet she did not seek help.

    ‘Had you done so his fractured ribs would have been discovered and Robert would have been alive today,’ 판사는 말했다. ‘That is something you must live with for the rest of your life.

    Gulie was convicted of the murder after a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court

    Gulie was convicted of the murder after a three-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court

    The judge said that even while the baby was critically ill, her first instinct was to cover up for Gulie and she lied to doctors, police and social workers.

    She said that on another earlier occasion Ion had seen him pick Robert out of his pram and throw him onto a sofa.

    Ion asked Gulie’s brother to speak to him about his behaviour but it had no affect, and Ion knew that, the judge added.

    The court heard statements from members of the family today, expressing their sorrow at Robert’s death and saying they have ‘a heavy sense of sadness.

    The couple had moved from their native Romania to Widnes in 2019.

    The judge pointed out that Ion could have turned to her supportive family for help but had not done so. She also said that the couple both assaulted their daughter on occasions and Ion admitted hitting their daughter with a wooden spoon ‘when she was cheeky.

    Gulie denied killing Robert and told the jury: ‘I don’t know what happened to him. I was watching TV and when I stood up, he was yellow in the face and breathless. I didn’t even touch him or put my hands on him.

    He has convictions in the Czech Republic involved domestic violence to a previous partner and Ion told how he had pushed her violently because she had not cooked when he returned home from work.

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