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.

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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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