April 2019

Man jailed for attempted murder of toddler in Glasgow

A martial arts fan has been jailed for the attempted murder of a two-year-old boy.

David McMullen, 35, from Provanmill in Glasgow, was convicted of using a similar force on the child to that seen in road traffic accident victims.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that in December 2016 he left the boy with severe stomach injuries, including a split colon and intestine.

McMullen was jailed for eight years and seven months.

The former chef, who was trained in Muay fighting, attacked the child at his home in Cambuslang on 21 December 2016 while his mother was at work.

The High Court was told that on the day of the attack, the boy’s mother had received a panicked phone call from McMullen to say her son was sick and “freezing cold”.

Giving evidence at McMullen’s trial, the woman said she rushed home to see her son.

She said: “He told me his tummy was sore. It felt quite hard.

“I wrapped him in a big fluffy cover, but I could still feel how cold he was. I could also see that his lips were blue.”

The mother and McMullen took the child to hospital where bruising was found on the boy’s stomach.

Medics quickly decided that the child needed surgery.

His mother told jurors: “I remember crying and being shocked. I just wanted to make sure my son was OK.

“The doctors were asking what happened, but I directed them to David as I was not there.”

Consultant surgeon Nicola Brindley operated on the child.

Prosecutor Michael Meehan asked her how ill the two-year-old boy had been.

Miss Brindley told the court: “He was a gravely ill little boy. He could have died.”

Doctors later told the mother and McMullen that they believed the injuries were “non accidental”.

She recalled the surgeon stating to her: “I am telling you someone has done this to your child.”

However, the court was told that the boy’s mother “refused to believe” the boy had been deliberately harmed.

McMullen’s QC Gordon Jackson asked her: “Had you any suspicion that David had done anything?”

She replied: “No.”

Mr Jackson: “You still don’t have a suspicion?”

The witness said: “No.”

The woman denied trying to protect McMullen and insisted he had previously looked after the child without incident.

She added: “If I had any concerns, I would not have left him.”

The court was told that the child had since recovered from his injuries.

McMullen was found guilty of inflicting massive “blunt force trauma” to the child by “means unknown”.

Sentencing judge Lord Armstrong told him: “The child was vulnerable by reason of his age and had been left in your sole care.

“You were in a position of the utmost trust…but for treatment, he would have undoubtedly have died.

“You continue to deny responsibility and have displayed no remorse or regret.”

March 2019

Glasgow babysitter tried to murder Cambuslang toddler

A martial arts fan who left a two year-old boy with a “torn colon and intestine” while babysitting the child has been found guilty

David McMullen brutally attacked the child just days before Christmas 2016.

The youngster was described as “gravely ill” as he was rushed to hospital for immediate surgery.

He suffered a tear in his stomach which could have killed him.

A trial heard how violent 35-year-old trained in Muay Thai fighting at the time.

Prosecutors said McMullen “delivered a blow” to the tiny victim resulting in the near-fatal internal injury.

But, despite the evidence, the boy’s mum told jurors she did not believe the thug was responsible.

McMullen – a chef who helps run a sushi company – is now behind bars after being convicted of attempted murder at the High Court in Glasgow.

He was guilty of inflicting massive “blunt force trauma” to the child by “means unknown”.

McMullen, of the city’s Provanmill, will learn his fate next month.

He was looking after the boy at his home in Cambuslang while his mum was at work.

A panicked McMullen later called stating the boy was sick and “freezing cold”.

She rushed home and gave her ill son a cuddle.

She recalled: “He told me his tummy was sore. It felt quite hard.

“I wrapped him in a big fluffy cover, but I could still feel how cold he was. I could also see that his lips were blue.”

The mum and McMullen raced the child to hospital.

The boy had bruising on his stomach and it was quickly decided he needed surgery.

The split to the colon and intestine area was described as “rare”.

The mum and McMullen were later told by medics they believed the injury was “non accidental”.

She recalled the surgeon stating to her: “I am telling you someone has done this to your child.”

But the mum “refused to believe” the boy had been deliberately harmed.

The woman denied trying to “protect” McMullen insisting he had previously looked after the boy.

She added: “If I had any concerns, I would not have left him.”

The court also heard the boy also hurt his face days before the murder bid.

But, McMullen insisted he accidentally hit the child with a door while babysitting him.

McMullen told jurors he had never deliberately harmed the boy.

Lord Armstrong deferred sentencing for reports.