Update: Jamie Fuller has now been released
Man jailed for biting and bruising baby
AN Ash man who beat and bit a seven-month-old baby has been handed a six-year jail term.
Jamie Fuller, 27, of Lancaster Close, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and three counts of actual bodily harm to his former girlfriend’s baby boy, following a trial last month.
The child was found to have bruises on his face and body, as well as a broken rib and bite marks on his shoulder and buttock.
At Guildford Crown Court on Monday (November 5), Judge Neil Stewart took into account Fuller’s previous convictions, which included harassment and battery, as well as the vulnerability of the young victim, who was in the defendant’s care.
He said: “You were involved in caring for him and you abused the trust that was placed in you. This was not a sustained attack but it was part of a course of conduct in the course of that week.
“It seems to me that it was not something that was planned, but a cause of a loss of temper.”
He added that Fuller “plainly” had a problem with controlling his temper.
The assaults took place in the 10 days leading up to July 11, 2010 and the child was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford by his mother after she became concerned about the injuries.
During the trial, expert witnesses told the court the bruises were likely to be non-accidental and a dental examination showed the bite marks were probably inflicted by an adult rather than a child.
Fuller denied all counts and his family and friends wrote letters, which were given to the judge, testifying to his normally good nature and character. These included letters from his mother, current partner and her father.
Judge Stewart said: “They speak very highly of you in each case. They have difficulty coming to terms with the fact you have been convicted.”
Katy Thorne, defending, told the judge that Fuller had a very good relationship with his own two daughters and the rest of his family. She said: “These offences will have a devastating impact on his life a long time after he is eventually released.
“While it is very serious, very concerning and very worrying, the conviction could not be more devastating for him.”
Addressing Fuller, Judge Stewart said: “You have two young daughters and there has been no criticism or complaint about the way you have conducted yourself with them. This will impact on them.
“That is unfortunate, but inevitable.”
The court heard Fuller had a difficult upbringing, which Judge Stewart noted while sentencing.
“You faced considerable difficulties in your early life,” he said. “You are now an adult and responsible for your own actions.
“The victim of this offence was at the time a seven-month-old baby. That is quite clearly a very serious aggravating factor to deal with.”
Judge Stewart said it was “encouraging” to hear the child, now two, had made a full recovery, adding: “The future, I hope, for him will be bright.”
Fuller was handed a 10-year extended sentence consisting of a six-year custodial term plus four years spent on licence. He is also prevented from working with children.
Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Paddy Mayers said: “The sentence reflects the severity of this crime and the disgraceful injuries inflicted on such a young defenceless infant.
“The offences have had a massive impact on the mother and the extended family, all of whom have had to live with the pressures of a long, intensive investigation alongside coping with the traumas of the crimes. The family is to be praised for supporting the investigation.”