A DAD has been jailed for 3 years for the manslaughter of his son who he shook as a child, resulting in the kid’s loss of life nearly 15 years later.
John Doak, then 18, shook his four-month-old son Jack Doak Mitchell so he would settle at their house in Laindon, Essex, however the tot was left severely disabled following the assault on Could 22 2001.
John Doak, pictured, has been jailed for the manslaughter of his sonCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
A decide stated that solely Doak, 37, is aware of precisely what occurred as he was house alone with the kid.
David Emanuel, mitigating at Chelmsford crown courtroom, stated that based on an knowledgeable report “what in all probability occurred was the lack of management quickly whereas making an attempt to cease him crying”.
Jack suffered mind injury, required 24-hour care, was blind and unable to speak.
He had a “very poor… if non-existent” high quality of life on account of the assault, Justice Cavanagh stated on Monday.
Jack died aged 15 on March 13 2016 after creating respiratory signs linked to the results of his accidents.
He had been sorted by foster carers since.
Justice Cavanagh informed the dad: “The reason for his loss of life was a shaking-type assault that you just inflicted on Jack a few years beforehand, on Could 22 2001, when he was solely 4 months outdated.
“Within the intervening interval, Jack suffered from mind injury and from different very critical well being issues that had been the direct results of your assault on him.”
The decide stated he had seen images of Jack and stated he was a “pretty little boy”.
“Tragically, he didn’t have adequate time for his persona to develop earlier than the assault that led to his extreme disabilities,” Justice Cavanagh stated.
The decide stated that the diploma of drive used “just isn’t recognized, however that it could be prone to be considered as being an clearly inappropriate method of dealing with a child if seen by an impartial witness”.
He informed Doak: “Solely you recognize precisely what type the assault on Jack took on Could 22 2001, or how severely you shook him, or why you probably did so.
“Nevertheless I sentence you on the premise that you just didn’t intend to kill him or to trigger him actually critical hurt.”
Doak, of Spalding, Lincs, admitted to his son’s manslaughter.
He had beforehand been convicted at Basildon Crown Courtroom of inflicting grievous bodily hurt upon Jack with intent.
In 2002, he was sentenced to 4 years in a younger offenders establishment and served two years and eight months in custody.
Justice Cavanagh stated he took this sentence into consideration when sentencing the 37-year-old for manslaughter “because it arises from the identical incident”.
Doak is married with three kids and three step kids.
Mr Emanuel stated Doak “grieves for (Jack) day by day” and is in any other case of fine character.
Doak, 37, was sentenced at Chelmsford crown courtroomCredit score: Alamy