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BRUTE WHO BATTERED BABY CAGED FOR FIVE YEARS; Brute who battered baby caged for five years.

Byline: EXPRESS REPORTER

A vile bully who brutally attacked a baby from the day she was born has been caged for five years.

Michael Finlay, 34, left the tiny victim with a fractured skull during a series of assaults, including one which took place TURN TO PAGE 5 FROM PAGE 1 on Christmas Day.

Jurors were told how Finlay, of Johnstone, shook the girl "uncontrollably".

The brute, a carer for vulnerable people, is now behind bars after he was convicted of repeatedly assaulting the child to her severe injury and danger of life.

Sheriff Norman Ritchie QC handed Finlay the five year maximum sentence that can be imposed at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday.

He told Finlay: "Your rage has cost you your home, your employment and your liberty.

"No one who heard the evidence could fail to be moved by the plight of the child who suffered at your hands."

The attacks occurred between October and December 2017 at a house in Lenzie, near Glasgow.

The court heard last month how Finlay would "lose control" and yell at the baby to "shut up" when she cried.

Prosecutor Mark Allan told the jury: "Injuries to the child are attributed to pushing as well as shaking her uncontrollably.

"Consultants say the injuries sustained were non accidental."

The court heard how Finlay had been warned about his rough handling of the child.

The baby's mum texted him: "You need to be careful, so she does not have any knocks like last time."

He replied: "I know babe" The baby's aunt also sent him a message after noticing the child was hurt.

Mr Allan said to jurors: "He told her 's*** happens' in reference to the first bruise that was discovered."

Finlay was also said to have bruised the girl on Christmas morning 2017 after he held her "too tight".

The court heard Finlay had inflicted "blunt force trauma" to cause the skull fracture.

He could not explain where a lump on her head had come from.

Finlay's lawyer Gary Allan QC told the court that he loved his job as a carer.

He said: "Not only was he good at caring for vulnerable people but he enjoyed it."

Following his sentencing the NSPCC Scotland slated Finlay for his "appalling" attacks on the baby girl.

A spokesman said: "Finlay inflicted appalling injuries on a defenceless baby in his care over a number of months.

"He clearly poses a serious risk to children and it is right that he will face the consequences of his horrific crimes.

"Babies and young children are completely reliant on the adults who care for them. Anyone worried about a child's safety can contact the NSPCC Helpline to report concerns."

Consultants say the injuries sustained were non-accidental- Mark Allan

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jul 13, 2019
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