Teen paedophile almost killed 10-month-old baby by abusing him with cutlery, bags 14 years in jail

A teenage paedophile almost killed a 10-month-old baby boy by abusing him with cutlery. The infant had to undergo emergency surgery and was close to death after the abuse by Paul Ward.

The 19-year-old, from Leeds, was jailed for 14 years after being convicted of three counts of assault by penetration of a child under 13 and one charge of wounding with intent at Leeds Crown Court.

The court was told that the child suffered a ruptured bowel in the incident on January 26. He was left bleeding heavily and fitting. The baby had to be revived twice in hospital and now has a colostomy bag. ‘Doctors said the injuries to his bowel were acutely painful.’

‘It would have been obvious to you that he would have been in distress and severe pain and yet you continued to do it.’

‘You did that not just intending serious harm, but with a sexual motive. This is perhaps the most unpleasant abuse of a baby that I have ever come across’, the judge said.

Ward denied three charges of assault but was convicted by a jury.

He was sentenced to 14 years on September 19 and will initially be sent to a young offenders’ institution. The judge also ordered an eight year extension to his licence on release.


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