Robert Hinz – Boscombe

Serious case review to see if there are ‘lessons to be learned’ after murder of baby Julian. 

AUTHORITIES have launched a serious case review into the death of a three-month-old baby murdered by his father.

Several agencies are involved in the review, which will examine the circumstances that led to the murder of Julian Hinz.

The review will attempt to establish if any lessons can be learned. Its findings will be published in the autumn.

Last week, Julian’s father Robert Hinz was sentenced to life in prison. He will serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars.

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Julian was rushed to hospital on April 8 2016 after suffering a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain at the family’s home in Carysfort Road, #Boscombe.

He died the following day.

Post mortem examinations revealed Julian had suffered at least 42 fractures in the three months between his birth and death.

Hinz, 34, was convicted of murder, one count of causing grievous bodily harm without intent and two of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following a 12-day trial at Winchester Crown Court in March.

Jurors were told Julian died as a result of severe blunt force impact head injury as a result of being thrown vigorously onto a blunt object or surface.

It was heard that the baby had been seen by a number of GPs for routine appointments. His injuries were not spotted.

The serious case review, which began last year, is being overseen by the Bournemouth and Poole Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Sarah Elliott, independent chairman of the board, said: “The purpose of serious case reviews is to see if lessons can be learned as a result of suspected child abuse or neglect when the child has either died or suffers some other serious harm.

“Their findings can result in changes to practices to try to prevent any recurrence in similar circumstances in the future.

“A serious case review began last year to determine if the decisions and actions undertaken by the various agencies involved during baby Julian’s short life could have prevented his death and whether there are lessons to be learned.

“This review continues and the final report will be published later in the year.”

The process aims to help individuals and organisations works individually and together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, identify what must change and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Results must be made publicly available.


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