June 2017

Taunton man who bit and hit toddler branded a “coward”

A 24-year-old Taunton man who viciously attacked a toddler leaving him with 27 different injuries including bruises and bite marks was branded ‘cowardly’ by a judge today.

Chris Evans, of Crescent Way, appeared at Taunton Crown Court today (June 6) after admitting a charge of cruelty to a person under the age of 16.

Prosecuting, Harry Ahuja said the police had been called on November 19 last year, after the child’s mother reported that her young son was covered in bruises.

“The child was examined at the hospital and they found 27 separate injuries to him,” he said.

“These included two bite marks on his arm and bruises behind his ears, on his chest, neck, buttocks, thighs and arms. The doctor said that the injuries were non-accidental.”

When the man was arrested by police, he told them he had bit him in a fit of temper, after the child had bit him.

“He admitted that he was angry and he had shouted at the child,” Mr Ahuja told the court. “He said the boy had bitten him and he wanted to show him what it was like.”

Sentencing the man, Recorder Oba Nsugbe said: “You must know that the way you behaved was disgraceful. To hurt a defenseless child is extremely cowardly. I cannot think what would have been going through your mind when you did these things.

“Your behaviour has crossed the custody threshold and you should be utterly ashamed of yourself. You deserve an immediate custody sentence, but that does not address what’s going on in your head. When you come out of prison you should be just as bad – if not worse.

“I have been trying to grapple with what is in the public interest, and the best way to protect the public from your behaviour and to find ways of preventing you from hurting anyone else.”