Dad jailed for life for killing three-month-old son in fit of rage
A father has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 21 years for murdering his three-month-old son by hurling him "vigorously" against a hard surface in a fit of temper, according to police.
Baby Julian Hinz was taken to hospital from his flat in Bournemouth, Dorset, on April 8 last year but died a day later when doctors decided to turn off his life support.
His father, Robert Hinz, 34, of Carysfort Road, was convicted of murder and three counts of causing grievous bodily harm following a 12-day trial at Winchester Crown Court.
Speaking after the hearing, Detective Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset police, said: "This was a truly appalling crime. Julian Hinz was only three months old but in his short life, he had been subjected to acts of violence by his own father, someone with whom he should have been safe.
"This violence ultimately culminated in Julian being murdered on April 8 2016.
"Robert Hinz was unable to control his anger and aggression and this cost Julian his life.
"My thoughts are now with Julian's mother and family who have lost Julian and will never know what type of boy and man he might have grown up to be.
"I can only hope that the conviction and sentencing of Mr Hinz may, in some way, assist them in moving on with their lives."
He added that a Serious Case Review was under way to determine whether the authorities could have done more to prevent Julian's death.
The trial heard that the child's mother, Monica, had left Julian healthy in the care of his father when he suffered his fatal injuries.
She put him in his cot to sleep in their bedroom while she went shopping. Meanwhile, the couple's three other children were playing with their uncle in another room.
Some 15 minutes later, Hinz was heard shouting "call an ambulance, he is not breathing". Julian's uncle entered the room and called the emergency services as Hinz gave his son CPR.
Jurors heard that during the 999 call Hinz could be heard shouting, swearing and hitting walls and damaging property and had to be told to calm down.
As Hinz, who had been made unemployed a month earlier, tried to get into his car to follow the ambulance to hospital, police stopped him as they believed he had been drinking.
A pathologist found Julian suffered skull fractures and brain trauma. He also had fractured ribs inflicted by "squeezing" before he suffered the fatal injuries.
Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, told jurors: "He was feeding normally and was well when his mother left. In a few moments of anger and violence, his father killed him."