“good and loving fathers” do not kill their children
Paul Thomas has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of his 11 month old son Oliver Sargent who died in 2012. Thomas's wife Ashlea was convicted of "causing or allowing the death of her child" and given a two year suspended sentence.
Oliver died in hospital after suffering a severe skull fracture. He also had 13 separate marks on his body. Oliver was also found to have suffered previous injuries including two fractured ribs and a broken collar bone.
Despite the fact that medical evidence clearly demonstrated a pattern of physical violence throughout Oliver's life, Mr Justice Nicholas Green sentencing statements suggested that Thomas killed Oliver "in a moment of unthinking madness" and "that at times, Thomas could be a good and loving father".
Apparently, it's now possible to be a "good and loving" father despite causing your son numerous painful physical injuries and then killing him. One wonders what exactly Oliver, at the age of 11 months, managed to do to cause his father to lose his "temper" due to "a short fuse".
Or, what Justice Nicholas Green definition of a "bad father" would be if he can class a violent man who brutally killed his son as a "good and loving father".