A U.K. man has been found guilty of abusing his 7-month-old son to death.
Kane Kennedy, 20, has admitted to grabbing his son, Oskar Jobey-Kennedy, by his testicles, pinching or twisting them, sticking his finger down his throat and eventually smothering him to death, Metro reported.
Undated handout photo issued by Lancashire Police of Kane Kennedy, 20, formerly of Harewood Avenue, Heysham, who has been found guilty at Preston Crown Court of murdering his seven-month-old son by inflicting “frankly obscene” injuries on him. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 7, 2016. Regular cannabis smoker Kennedy, was said to “bad-tempered” when he could not get hold of the drug and argued regularly with the mother of their child. Preston Crown Court heard he forcibly got hold of Oskar Jobey-Kennedy’s testicles, by either gripping, pinching or twisting them, and then pushed his fingers down the throat of the defenceless boy. He then placed his hand over the mouth of the child who was smothered to death. Kennedy denied murder between September 30 and October 1 last year and tried to blame Oskar’s mother, Tia Jobey but a jury did not believe his account. See PA story COURTS Oskar. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Police/PA Wire
Post-mortem examination results indicated that the child suffered multiple non-accidental injuries and had a total of 13 marks on his face and neck. They also found bruising on the baby’s testicles.
The court heard that Kennedy and Oskar’s mother, Tia Jobey, 19, had been arguing about Kennedy’s cannabis use two months prior to the child’s death.
Jobey told authorities Kennedy would become “stressy” when he could not smoke, and that it made him “paranoid about everything.”
The court heard about Facebook messages exchanged between the couple, BBC reported. In one message, Jobey wrote: “I’m trying to make sure Oskar is happy and safe and while you are addicted to weed and violent and abusive he’s not safe at all.
“You throw him around like a toy, suffocate him, stick your finger down his … throat. And he’s always in the middle of our arguments and fights.”
Facebook picture from open profile of Tia Oskar. Kane Kennedy has today (Wednesday, December 7th) been convicted of murdering his seven month old son Oskar Jobey-Kennedy. He was found guilty by a unanimous jury of killing baby Oskar Jobey-Kennedy by smothering him at a flat in Morecambe between Wednesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 1st 2015. The prosecution alleged that at some time during the night Kennedy had forcibly got hold of the babyís testes causing injuries and then pushed his fingers into Oskarís mouth, possibly in a bid to silence him, and put his hand over his mouth deliberately smothering the child. Kennedy had denied murder but was convicted after a trial at Preston Crown Court. He will be sentenced next week.
Jobey admitted her relationship with Kennedy was not good and that she should have left him, but said she stayed with him because she feared being alone.
Jobey’s attorney, Stuart Denney, said the teen mother had fallen “head over heels in love” with Kennedy when she was just 16 years old. Denney added that his client’s affections for Kennedy “blinded her to reality.”
Kennedy initially denied murdering his son and tried blaming the death on Jobey. The jury did not believe his story.
Kennedy will be sentenced on Dec. 15. Jobey pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the death of a child at an earlier hearing. She was sentenced to 30 months in a young offender institution.
Tia Jobey outside Preston Crown Court, Lancs., Jobey from Morecambe, Lancs., has been jailed for 30 months for allowing and causing the death of her baby son Oskar Kennedy-Jobey. Tia Jobey’s former partner and father of Oskar, Kane Kennedy from Morecambe, Lancs., has been found guilty of murder and will be sentenced at a later date this month. Seven-month-old Oskar Kennedy-Jobey was pronounced dead in hospital after Kane Kennedy called paramedics to their home in Morecambe last October. A post-mortem examination revealed a catalogue of non-accidental injuries to Oskar’s face, mouth and genitals and concluded he died from smothering. 7 December 2016. See ROSS PARRY story RPYBABY.
Sources: Metro, BBC / Photo credit: Buffy May/Flickr, Lancashire Police, Cavendish, SWNS via Metro