Father killed baby daughter in fit of video game rage

A YOUNG father from St Leonards who had been playing Assassin’s Creed 3 on his PlayStation killed his baby daughter after being frustrated by her screaming.

Mark Sandland, 28, picked up five-week-old Aimee-Rose by her torso and shook her during a sudden loss of temper.

He claimed he had suffered an epileptic fit and came round to find his daughter underneath him at their flat in Church Road.

Lewes Crown Court heard onMonday that police who attended his flat in Church Road after Aimee-Rose was rushed to hospital on November 5 2012 found a PlayStation game controller on the sofa opposite the TV.

Prosecutor 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.”

Analysis of Sandland’s mobile phone internet history showed a website offering tips on how to play Assassin’s Creed 3 was accessed at 2.22pm, Miss Howes said.

The detail of the website, giving step-by-step instruction, meant there would have been little point accessing it unless the game was being played, she added. Some 16 minutes later, at 2.38pm, Sandland dialled 999.