A thug who placed a 13-month-old girl in a tumble dryer before assaulting her in a separate attack has been jailed for seven years.
Thomas Dunn, 25, claimed he had only ‘assisted’ the toddler after he had seen her climbing into the machine herself.
Dunn, of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, said he did not fully close the machine door on the child but the dryer had activated and started rotating.
The attack caused the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to sustain skull fractures. On another occasion, he struck the child on the head and body, causing her severe injury.
Dunn was found guilty of a charge of culpable and reckless conduct and a charge of assault in June at Dundee Sheriff Court.
Sheriff Alistair Brown told Dunn that he could only jail him for a maximum of five years. As he did not think this would be sufficient, he instead referred the case to the High Court for sentencing.
Defence advocate Niall McCluskey yesterday told the High Court in Edinburgh that his client ‘suffered from depression and mental health problems’, adding: ‘He also accepts that the imposition of a prison sentence is inevitable.’
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Hmmm... Do you trust the Depression and Mental Health Problems defence?
Yes, I do believe Depression can cause its victim slip into psychosis. Depression in its advances stage make its victim to be extremely unfit mentally. The patient become so obnoxious and that can threaten other peoples' safety