A court has banned former heroin and crack addict dad PAUL COOL from ever working with children. Cool was convicted of abusing his infant son so severely in 2005 that the child now requires 24-hour care. Dad was alone with the baby at the time. Dad served only four years of a seven year jail sentence.
Brutal Teesside dad must never work with children, orders Judge
Aug 3 2009 by Simon Walton, Evening Gazette
A FAMILY today welcomed a banning order against a Teesside dad who shook his baby son so violently he suffered brain damage.
Former heroin addict Paul Cool, who also stubbed a cigarette out on his two-week-old son Joshua, has been banned from ever working with children by Teesside Crown Court.
A judge granted an indefinite disqualification on Cool, who was locked up in 2005 for the sickening attack.
Cool, 26, formerly of Garside Drive, Hartlepool, served just over four years of the seven-year jail sentence and is now out on licence.
The court granted the order to help the probation service handle his community rehabilitation.
Joshua, who celebrated his fifth birthday last month, is now registered blind, is prone to infections and needs 24-hour care. He is looked after by his grandparents Tony and Pam Mandry, who today welcomed the court order.
Tony, 46, who lives with his 47-year-old wife at Lancaster Road, Hartlepool, said: “It should have been done the first time he went to court. He’s a danger to kids as far as I’m concerned. He should not be allowed near a kid ever.
“Yes he got jailed, but he got away with it, four-and-a-half years out of his life is nothing. Our grandson is doing life.”
Heroin and crack addict Cool was alone with Joshua at the home he shared with the little boy’s mum, Lynsey Mandry, on the afternoon of July 3, 2004, when the listless child was taken to hospital.
Cool first told police that Joshua fell from the sofa, then claimed he stumbled as he carried the baby downstairs in a Moses basket and shook the child to revive him.
But he later admitted grievous bodily harm with intent, and assault causing actual bodily harm.