Baby killer dad in conviction appeal

Published Friday, 09 December 2011
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A Co Antrim man jailed for murdering his 14-week old baby son has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Ryan Leslie, 27, is currently serving a minimum of 17 years in prison over the death of little Cameron.

The baby had been staying with his dad - who had split up from his mother - at his then home in the Ballyvessey Green area of Newtownabbey when he was rushed to hospital in September 2008.

Cameron had suffered horrific injuries and his brain was so swollen that it cut off the oxygen supply to his brain stem. Bruises were found all over his body and a total of 14 rib fractures were counted.

The baby boy died two days after being admitted to hospital.

Senior judges have now been told that transcripts of the evidence of four witnesses are being sought, as part of the challenge being mounted by Leslie against the guilty verdict reached in February.

Defence barrister Mark Barlow told the Court of Appeal that the transcripts needed to deal with the issues raised have been identified.

Reference was also made to another list of 30 potential witnesses.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan urged both sides in the case to attempt to reach an agreement before issuing any direction for such extensive transcript provision.

The case was listed for a further update in January.

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paula in banbridge wrote (1,148 days ago):
lock this monster up for do this on a child are anyone for that matter ,isnt humen .makes me sick
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