A father who admitted the manslaughter of his five-week-old baby after he lost his temper while playing a video game has today been sent to prison for eight years.
Mark Sandland, 28, of Cambridge Road, appeared at Hove Crown Court this morning (July 9) for sentencing.
Hove Crown Court heard today that Sandland had orignally been charged with murdering Aimee-Rose following an incident at their home in St Leonards on 5 November 2012 during which he said he had suffered a seizure.
Aimee-Rose died four days later of head injuries on November 9 at Kings College Hospital, London.
Sandland had denied the charge of murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of a lack of intent when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday 30 June.
On Monday the facts of the case were heard for the first time at Lewes Crown Court.
The court was told that Sandland had been playing Assassin’s Creed 3 when the incident occurred.
Prosecuting barrister Sally Howes QC said: “It’s the Crown’s case that, frustrated by the distraction of Aimee-Rose screaming, the defendant picked her up and gripped her around her torso and shook her in a sudden loss of temper and loss of control.
“Despite his admission that the television was on that morning, by the time the ambulance crew arrived it had been switched off, thus covering up the fact he had been playing the game on his PlayStation.”
After the hearing at Hove today, detective inspector Jon Fanner from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “My thoughts and sympathies are with the family of Aimee Rose.
“Mark Sandland denied the charge of murder but accepted that he was responsible for her death and has admitted manslaughter.
“In fact he had a sudden loss of temper while he was looking after his five week old baby daughter in her own home.
“I welcome the plea to manslaughter. The judge found there were significant aggravating circumstances and today he has been sentenced to eight years in prison.”
For the full story see Friday’s Hastings Observer