August 2018

Former soldier jailed for assaulting baby at KFC

A former solider who assaulted a baby boy in a restaurant toilet has been jailed for 14 months.

David Parker, 33, from East Kilbride, inflicted bruising on the child’s head and body at the KFC restaurant in Argyle Street.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Parker had been looking after the baby on 10 June, 2017, when the incident happened.

The attack emerged after the boy’s mum saw injuries on the babies face including a swollen cheek, a bloody eye, bruises on his face and head and more bruises on his thighs.

Parker admitted assaulting the baby, who was four and a half months old at the time, by “inflicting blunt force trauma on his head and body by means unknown”.

The court heard Parker was at the restaurant with two other men, including Kenneth Grant – a known sex offender subject to a sexual prevention order to stop him coming into contact with children.

Parker had taken the child to the baby changing toilet in KFC for 10 to 15 minutes.

When Parker returned with the child, witnesses said the boy was crying and “visibly distressed.”

Parker later took the baby home to his mother and after discovering the injuries she called the police.

The baby was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride before being transferred to Wishaw General where his injuries were assessed.

After a full examination, the child was found to have bruising to both thighs, various bruises on his head and bruises on both cheeks.

When questioned by police Parker claimed he was with one friend at the time, whom he named only as Paul, but CCTV also showed him with Kenneth Grant, who was seen hiding the baby’s face.

Mr McQuillan said Parker knew Grant had a sexual prevention order.

He also said Parker had since lost his job and was “likely to be unemployable because of this”.

The court heard Grant was upset at Parker bringing the child with him and later told officers “I was cursing and swearing a him. He knew I shouldn’t be near kids.”

Grant accepted he breached the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Parker admitted assaulting the baby and providing false information with the intent to pervert the course of justice.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC told Parker: “There’s nobody more vulnerable than an infant.

July 2018

Former soldier battered four-month-old baby while out in Glasgow with sex offender friend

A former soldier battered a four-and-a-half month old boy while out with his sex offender friend then lied to the police about who he was with.

David Parker, 33, was watching the baby when he met up with Paul Higgins and his partner Kenneth Grant – who is the subject of a sexual prevention order to stop him coming into contact with children.

While in the changing room at KFC on Glasgow’s Argyle Street, Parker assaulted the child who was then seen “crying and visibly distressed”.

The police were called after the boy’s mum saw injuries on the babies face including a swollen cheek, a bloody eye, bruises on his face and head and more bruises on his thighs.

When questioned by police officers about what he had done that day, Parker claimed he was only with one friend who he named as being called Paul.

But, CCTV from KFC showed Grant with Parker – who was seen hiding the baby’s face.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Parker, from East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire pled guilty to assaulting the four-and-a-half-month old baby by “inflicting blunt force trauma on his head and body by means unknown” to his injury on June 10, last year.

He also admitted providing false information with intent to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard around lunchtime while watching the child, Parker went to meet his friends Higgins and Grant at Glasgow Central Station.

Procurator fiscal depute Scot Dignan said: “Kenneth Grant is a registered sex offender and subject to a Sexual Offences prevention Order, preventing him from coming into contact with children.

“Parker had been informed of this previously by Grant in their six year friendship.”

Grant was upset at Parker bringing the child with him and later told officers “I was cursing and swearing a him. He knew I shouldn’t be near kids.”

The three men went to KFC where Parker then took the baby to the changing area for 10 to 15 minutes.

Mr Dignan said: “Parker returned with the child who was now crying and visibly distressed.

“Higgins at this point noticed that the child had red marks under his right eye that were not presentbefore.

“Higgins recalls the accused appeared frustrated with the child at this time.”

Grant described the child as “screaming the restaurant down”.

Parker took the child back to his mother later that day, who saw he had a black and blue mark on the corner of his left eye and asked what happened to him.

The baby’s mother phoned her own mum and sister for advice who visited the child and the police were contacted.

An ambulance and paramedics examined the baby and he was taken to Hairmyres hospital where it was decided to transfer him to Wishaw General.

After a full examination he was found to have bruises to both thighs, various bruises on his head and bruises on his left cheek which was swollen.

He also had a bruise on his right cheek just below his mouth and a “tiny” bleed in his left eye.

Parker gave a statement to the police and claimed he was with a Paul Docherty that day and no one else.

In a further statement three days later he named his friend as Paul Robinson although it was eventually established it was Paul Higgins.

Higgins told police he was with Parker and that he didn’t remember him taking the baby to the toilet.

Mr Dignan said: “At 4pm on July 16, 2017, police attended at KFC Argyle Street and reviewed CCTV from June 10 around 12.30pm.

“It was established from this that Parker and Higgins had entered the premises along with the child however there was a third male with them.

“This man was later identified as Kenneth Grant.”

The court heard in the footage the child seemed fine until he came out of the changing area, at which point was “visibly upset and the accused can clearly been seen to be hiding the child’s face”.

In further statements, Higgins and Grant admitted they had all agreed to keep Grant’s name out of it.

Mr Dignan added: “Grant accepts he breached the terms of his Sexual Offences Prevention Order in that he was voluntarily in the presence of a child and that throughout the day in Glasgow he interacted and held him.”

Parker was later arrested and gave a no comment interview.

Defence counsel Derick Nelson said: “Mr Parker is a man who has for some time been suffering from stress, particularly post traumatic stress disorder as a result of combat from when he was in the infantry in Iraq.”

He said the baby had been “crying for some time” while he was looking after him and that “had been building up and came to a head”.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC deferred sentence until next month and continued Parker’s bail.