Father jailed for 15 years after murdering his 39-day-old son could receive longer prison sentence
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A father who murdered his newborn son could have his jail term extended after it was deemed “unduly lenient”.
James Dean Clark, 31, was jailed for the murder of Sean Clark - who was just 39-days-old when he died.
The baby was tragically pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in his cot by his mother in January 2018.
A post-mortem examination found Sean had suffered 74 fractures to his ribs along with two serious head injuries.
The newborn was shaken violently shortly before his death.
Clark sentenced to at least 15 years in prison
Clark, from Warmley, south Gloucestershire, was convicted of murder by the jury after denying the charge.
He was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 15 years in prison.
However, it has emerged that his jail term is to be reviewed with the Attorney General referring his sentence to the Court of Appeal, BristolWorld exclusively reports.
What the Attorney General’s office said
In a statement to BristolWorld, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office said: “The Solicitor General was saddened by this terrible crime.
“I can confirm that the Solicitor General has referred James Clark’s sentence to the Court of Appeal as he agrees that it is unduly lenient.
“It is now for the court to decide whether to increase the sentence.”
An ‘extremely harrowing’ case
When sentencing Clark, Mr Justice Butcher said the baby had died from a brain injury caused by being very roughly handled or shaken.
Avon and Somerset Police’s investigating officer, Det Supt James Riccio, described the case as “extremely harrowing and complex”.
After sentencing, he said: “Our hearts go out to all those members of Sean’s family who have been impacted by his tragic death.
“James Clark showed a complete lack of remorse during the investigation and his subsequent trial.
“It’s impossible to comprehend how a father could inflict these horrific injuries on a child he was supposed to love and protect.”
And Ann Hampshire, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Cases involving the death of a child are distressing for everyone involved. “
Under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, members of the public can ask the Attorney General to examine cases given by crown courts.
The case will go before the Court of Appeal on November 19.
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