Baby girl killed for disrupting a video game

Baby girl killed for disrupting a video game
Mark Sandland

A father has been jailed for killing his baby daughter after her screams interrupted his PlayStation game.

Mark Sandland cried as he was sentenced to eight years for shaking five-week-old Aimee-Rose in a fit of rage.

The 28-year-old claimed he had suffered an epileptic fit – coming round to discover the newborn underneath him.

But police spotted a game controller on his sofa and his browsing history showed he had read tips for playing Assassin’s Creed 15 minutes before he rang 999.

He also sent a text to the girl’s mother, who had left her with him to start a university degree course in Brighton.

‘She has not shut up since about half an hour after you left,’ he wrote.

Aimee-Rose was bruised on her face, torso and legs when she was attacked at Sandland’s flat in St Leonards-on-Sea in November 2012.

She died in hospital four days later.

Sandland was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter which was accepted by prosecutors.

Judge Mr Justice Sweeney said the father repeatedly lied to cover up his actions and showed no real remorse.

‘Whilst it’s impossible to identify the precise detail of what you did, the injuries that you caused speak for themselves,’ he told Sandland in sentencing him at Hove crown court.

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