June 2018

A father who killed his three-month-old daughter when she would not stop crying has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Traherne Williams violently shook baby Sophia and threw her onto a couch while she was crying on May 30 2016

The infant suffered ‘serious brain injuries’ in the incident in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Paramedics attended and she was taken to St John’s Hospital where the tiny baby never recovered and died a few days later on June 5.

A judge heard how Williams had become “absolutely frustrated” that she would not take her feed.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews told him: “You became frustrated and threw the defenceless child – your own flesh and blood – onto a sofa.

“This was before she had any chance to engage in the gift of life.”

Williams later lied to a doctor and said Sophia had fallen at a family centre they had been staying at.

Williams, 23, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide at the High Court in Glasgow on May 4.

He was sentenced to six years and six months at the same court on Tuesday.

Williams smiled at his 20 year-old partner Shannon Main as he was handcuffed and taken to the cells.

The pair originally faced a murder allegation.

Williams instead admitted to the reduced charge while Main’s not guilty plea was accepted.

A hearing last month was told she is still standing by the man who killed their child.

In his sentencing statement, published online by the Judiciary of Scotland, judge Lord Matthews said: “Parenthood is an enormous privilege but it carries with it enormous responsibilities of nurturing, care and protection.

“As a child grows older the nature of the responsibilities will change but any sane person who is old enough to be a parent knows that a babe in arms is a delicate creature who requires to be handled with the greatest of care and patience.

“Instead of displaying these qualities when she cried, you became frustrated through a combination of circumstances and threw this defenceless child, your own flesh and blood, onto a sofa and in so doing you brought about the catastrophic chain of events which led to her death before she had had any real chance of enjoying the gift of life which you had helped to give her.