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Wigan man jailed for manslaughter of his own daughter

Credit: GMP

A man from Wigan has been jailed for the manslaughter of his one-year-old daughter.

Daniel Ashurst, who's from Shevington claimed his daughter Hollie had fallen down some stairs when he carried her into a GP surgery in Standish in February last year.

The 14-month-old was later taken to hospital by paramedics with serious injuries and was in a life-threatening condition. She died just a day later.

At hospital, Ashurst made a number of different claims about what had happened to Hollie. He was arrested for wounding, but was later arrested on suspicion of murder and during questioning he answered ‘no comment’ to everything asked of him.

Ashurst was later charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. Following a three week trial, a jury found him not guilty of murder but convicted him of manslaughter.

Today he was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 12 years in prison.

Daniel Ashurst with daughter Hollie Credit: MEN Syndication

The death of a child is always heart breaking but this is a particularly heart wrenching case. Hollie was an innocent baby girl who was killed by her father who should have been providing care and protection.

Hollie was found to have multiple internal and external injuries, which Ashurst was unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for.

Throughout our investigation and the trial, our thoughts have remained with Hollie’s mother and extended family. This has been an extremely difficult time for them so I hope today’s result brings them a sense of closure.

Hollie will never be forgotten.

– Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit