Monday, December 14, 2009

"Baby Killer" dad sentenced to 10 years in prison will only serve 5 (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Dad JUSTIN COURTNEY pleaded guilty in the manslaughter death of his 10-month-old daughter back in May 2007 (the baby died from a fractured skull). He received 10 years in prison for that act. But now that sentence is being reduced to 5 years, despite an apparent "lack of remorse" on Dad's part. Yup, that's Canada. Real tough on child abusers and child killers.

Ten Years For Baby Killer
Justin James Courtney will serve five years

By Sarah Mills
Posted December 14, 2009 - 4:14pm

A ten year sentence for a man who killed his own baby. Justin Courtney pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 10 month old daughter in May 2007.

A deplorable and unthinkable act according to the sentencing judge. But Justin Courtney will only serve five years of the ten year sentence because of time already served. Crown lawyer Mitch Crumley believes it was an appropriate sentence given the facts of the case.

"The nature of the offense, the background of the offender, the lack of remorse."

But Edwin Kennedy, Courtney's father, believes, despite his son's guilty plea, he didn't act alone.

"They (he and his partner) were together, and my son wasn't home all night?"

A pathologist stated the child must have received many forceful impacts to the head to cause the skull fractures that led to her death.