Monday, December 8, 2014

Dad charged with 2011 murder of infant daughter, attempted murder of infant son in 2013 (United Kingdom)

Well, the authorities sure took their own sweet time in pressing charges, didn't they?

Dad is identified as IAN RUDDOCK.

Dad-of-three charged with murder of his five-week-old daughter and attempting to kill baby boy

Dec 06, 2014 22:47

By Norman Silvester, Grant McCabe

IAN Ruddock, 33, was charged with killing baby daughter Olivia nearly fours years after she died in hospital.

A DAD of three has been charged with the murder of his five-week-old daughter and attempting to kill a baby boy.

Financial advisor Ian Ruddock was charged with killing baby daughter Olivia nearly four years after she died in hospital.

Her death was only treated as a crime when police began investigating the alleged attack on the boy last year.

Ruddock, 33, is further accused of assaulting a third boy in 2009.

The list of charges revealed by the ­Sunday Mail was detailed when Ruddock made his first public appearance at the High Court in Glasgow last week.

The murder allegation spans January 27, 2011 – the day Olivia was born – and March 6 of that year.

Ruddock is said to have assaulted the girl on various occasions between those dates at her home in Vardar Avenue in ­Clarkston.

The charges state ­Ruddock got hold of Olivia and compressed her chest and rib cage with his hands.

It is further alleged he seized hold of her body and shook her repeatedly as well as inflicting blunt-force trauma to her head and body.

The charge states Olivia was left so severely injured, she died at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, at Yorkhill, on March 6, 2011.

The murder probe is said to have been sparked following claims ­Ruddock also tried to kill a baby boy last year.

Ruddock, now living in the Glasgow’s Shawlands, faces an accusation of attempted ­murder between March and May 2013.

The child was aged between a week and just over two months at the time.

Ruddock is said to have assaulted the boy in a similar manner to Olivia at the same address in Clarkston.

Ruddock is also accused of an earlier attack on a third child at the house in 2009.

The assault is said to have happened between August and September. The boy would have only been days old at the start of the allegation.

Ruddock’s QC Donald ­Findlay entered not guilty pleas on Ruddock’s behalf during this week’s hearing.

Mr Findlay told the court the case was of “some ­considerable complexity”.

Explaining the murder allegation, he went on: “This stems from the attempted murder charge – it is from that an inquiry was carried out into what happened.”

Ruddock is a financial ­consultant who runs his own company ACR (Consulting) Scotland Ltd.

He married his wife Wendy, 36, who also works in financial ­services, ­at ­Dalmeny Park Country House, ­Barrhead, East ­Renfrewshire, in 2008.

Judge Lord Turnbull set a trial due to start next August at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A further hearing will take place before then in February, in Aberdeen. Ruddock’s bail was continued until then.