Man who shook six-month-old boy jailed for GBH
17 January 2017
A man who violently shook a six-month-old boy and hit his head against a hard surface leaving him severely disabled has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Benjamin Pople, 30, of Woolavington, was found guilty of GBH following a trial at Taunton Crown Court.
Pople had denied causing the injuries to the boy which left him with a significant bleed on the brain, retinal haemorrhages and a fractured skull.
“This was a tragic incident in which a young boy has been left badly brain damaged and has been robbed of the active life which he would have otherwise lived” – DI Lorna Dallimore
As a result of the assault in Bridgwater in November 2015 the boy is now severely disabled and will require lifelong care.
Detective Inspector Lorna Dallimore, of the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “This was a tragic incident in which a young boy has been left badly brain damaged and has been robbed of the active life which he would have otherwise lived.
“His mother has also had her life drastically changed as she will now have to provide constant care for her son. She has been extremely brave throughout this ordeal and her courage must be praised.
“I hope the prison term Pople will now have to serve will in some small way be of comfort to the boy’s mother and his extended family. They can hopefully start to rebuild their shattered lives now in the knowledge the man responsible is behind bars.”
She added: “This was a distressing case for all concerned and one which shocked the entire Bridgwater community.
“I would like to thank my team for their professionalism, hard work and dedication in bringing this case before the court.”
Passing sentence, Judge David Evans described Pople as “arrogant and self-centred” and said he had “destroyed” the child’s life.
He also said Pople’s failure to call 999 after he had shaken the boy with “appalling force” increased his culpability.
Parents of baby boy left with life changing injuries speak of their pain
17 January 2017
The parents of the six-month-old boy left severely disabled by Benjamin Pople have spoken of their pain in statements read out to court.
In her statement the boy’s mother said: “My son’s life has been changed forever. My life has been changed forever. I cannot put into words the devastation this has caused us.
“I wish I could turn back time but I can’t. I wish I could go back to a time when he was a ‘normal, healthy, happy little baby, but I can’t. I will never get my little boy back.
“I wish I could turn back time but I can’t. I wish I could go back to a time when he was a ‘normal, healthy, happy little baby, but I can’t. I will never get my little boy back” – victim’s mother
“He will never be able to tell me how he is feeling and that he loves me. He will never be able to ask what happened to him. However, as long as he’s in my care I will care for him and make sure he is never hurt again.”
She added: “I don’t know what the future holds but I do know that his life span will be short and so I want to make the most of the limited time that we have. No one can describe the pain of knowing that your child will die before you.”
The boy’s father added in a separate statement: “Due to the horrific injuries inflicted on my son he will never be able to do the same things that other children take for granted such as walking and talking and I will never be able to enjoy the normal things that a father would want to do with his son.”