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  • 2 August 2014, 1:41

Dad Who Shook His Baby Cleared Of Manslaughter

A man who shook his newborn son causing brain injuries that were said to have led to the child's death more than a decade later has been cleared of manslaughter following a landmark trial.

Allan Young, 36, broke down in tears as a jury at the Old Bailey returned a verdict of not guilty on Friday.

Mr Young was jailed for 12 months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm to five-week-old Michael Winn in 1998, leaving him "severely disabled", the court heard.

When Michael died in 2011, Mr Young was further charged with manslaughter following changes in the law.

Prior to 1996, murder of manslaughter charges could only be brought if death occurred within a year and a day of the original assault.

Mr Young was charged even though 12 years had passed between the assault and Michael's death - the longest on record.

The prosecution said Michael's death was a direct result of the injuries he suffered - which caused cerebral palsy and curvature of the spine.

He was assessed as having only a 65% chance of surviving to the age of 11.

Mr Young, of Stevenston in Ayrshire, Scotland, had denied manslaughter.

In a statement read by his solicitor outside court, he said: "There are no winners in this case, or in relation to what happened to Michael.

"I had moved on with my life, with my new partner and lovely little girl.

"When Michael tragically died, I was arrested out of the blue, and once again my world was turned upside down.

"I really question whether it was in the public interest to prosecute me after so long."

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