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22-year-old Joseph Eke was today given a life sentence and told he will serve a minimum of 18 years for the murder of his girlfriend's son two-year-old Harry House. Kerry Swain was at Winchester Crown Court.
Joseph Eke, found guilty of murdering two-year-old Harry House in a "loss of temper" at their family home in Dorset, has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years. The 22-year-old inflicted the fatal injuries when he was left alone with Harry House at their home in Broadmayne, while the toddler's mother was at the shops, on 26 May last year.
Loud sobs could be heard from the public gallery after a three week trial at Winchester Crown Court, while Eke showed no emotion. Eke was found guilty of murder and grievous bodily harm but not guilty of wounding. Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, told the court how Harry died as a result of a "blunt-force impact to the abdomen, probably by punching or kicking, which was of such force that it split the pancreas in two".
He punched or kicked a two-year-old-boy in the stomach when he lost his temper.
22-year-old Joseph Eke has been jailed for the murder of Dorset toddler Harry House.
Eke was left alone with Harry for only a few minutes when the boy's mother popped to the shops in May last year.
The trial heard Harry was attacked in such a violent way he suffered severe internal injuries and a fractured skull.
From Winchester Crown Court, Kerry Swain reports.
Kerry spoke to Det Chief Insp Sarah Derbyshire, Dorset Police.
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Joseph Eke has been found guilty of murdering two-year-old Harry House in a "loss of temper" at their family home in Dorset last May.