Baby death sentencing

A Plymouth father has been jailed for seven years for killing his baby daughter. The jury at Plymouth Crown Court took less than two hours to convict Benjamin Roach of shaking one-month-old Roxie Hopkins-Roach to death.

Shaken baby mother: "He is a monster. I hope he rots"

Roxie's injuries were described by a witness as the worst he'd seen Credit: Family

The mother of a baby who was shaken to death has described the child's father as a monster. Benjamin Roach from Plymouth was today jailed at Plymouth Crown Court for seven years for causing the death of one-month-old Roxie Hopkins-Roach in September 2010.

Kelly Hopkins was at court for the sentencing

"He is a monster. I hope he rots - I don't think he has realised how much he has destroyed my life."

She added that the fact that Roach had been found guilty meant Roxie could rest in peace.

"The justice I have fought for, finding the truth about what happened to Roxie, and knowing she is now in a better place, has been all I've wanted. And now I can finally say I have achieved it."

Judge: "Only you know what happened"

Benjamin Roach has been jailed for seven years for killing one-month-old Roxie. The judge at Plymouth Crown Court told him:

The injuries were described by one of the witnesses in the case as some of the worst he has seen.

It was the injuries of a child being very violently shaken and deliberately thrown or dropped. Only you know what happened but ever since you have evaded the truth.

Nearly three years have now gone by and you have continued to deny Kelly and others the opportunity to have some closure over Roxie's death.

You have been concerned only by covering your own self. Your response has been unforgivable.

– Judge Graham Cottle

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Father sentenced to seven years for baby's death

Benjamin Roach from Plymouth has been jailed for seven years for causing the death of his one-month-old daughter Roxie.

Roach had denied killing Roxie in September 2010, but was found guilty at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday.

Medical experts told the court that Roxie's injuries were so severe they could have been the result of a car crash.

Plymouth father guilty of manslaughter to be sentenced

A Plymouth father will be sentenced today [Tuesday[] after being found guilty of the manslaughter of his baby daughter.

The jury took less than two hours to convict Benjamin Roach of shaking one month old Roxie at Plymouth Crown Court.

Medical evidence at the trial heard that some of the baby's injuries were so severe they could have been caused in a car crash, and if she had survived Roach's assault, she would have been left blind.

Plymouth father guilty of manslaughter after shaking baby daughter to death

A Plymouth father has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his baby daughter. The jury took less than two hours to return the verdict.

Medical evidence at the trial heard that some of the baby's injuries were so severe they could have been caused in a car crash, and if she had survived Roach's assault, she would have been left blind.

Benjamin Roach will be back in court tomorrow [Tuesday] to be sentenced.

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Manslaughter trial hears of baby's injuries

Roxie Hopkins-Roach Credit: Family photograph

One of the brain injuries sustained by baby Roxie Hopkins-Roach was so severe it was similar to what would be caused by a road traffic accident, a court heard today.

Roxie's father, Benjamin Roach denies her manslaughter in September 2010 at their home in Staddiscombe in Plymouth.

A neurologist who examined brain scans of the one month old said he believed her injuries were typical of shaking. Dr Neil Studley a consultant from Frenchay Hospital, said the injuries were not likely to have been caused by her being shaken to resuscitate her, or that they happened in a fall.

The defence barrister asked the Doctor whether the injuries could have been caused by Mr Roach dropping her from a height of up to five feet.

The Doctor said injuries in different places of Roxie's brain made that unlikely. The trial continues