Pirate FM News

Truro Baby Death

Coukham Stephen 170991

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:53pm 15th January 2013

A Truro dad who, a court has heard, shook his three month old son so hard he died has been jailed.

Jurors were told how Stephen Coukham inflicted unsurvivable injuries on Tyrone in 2010.

The 21 year old has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Tuesday.

A judge at Truro Crown Court said: "I am satisfied you really loved Tyrone and did not intend to cause him really serious harm. You are of good character and remorseful.

"But the injuries were not accidental and the baby was extremely vulnerable.

"You lost your temper because he was crying and in a fit of temper either threw him down on a soft surface or shook him in a way in which it should have been obvious to you that it was likely he could suffer harm.

"You were too young to have the maturity required to care for a vulnerable baby."

Devon and Cornwall Police investigating officer Detective Sergeant Andy Warne commented: "Stephen Coukham has today (Tuesday) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his baby son.

"This was a violent act committed against a defenceless ten-week-old baby who sustained terrible injuries at the hands of the very person who should have been caring for him.

"This conviction follows a sensitive and thorough two-year police investigation involving officers from our major crime and child abuse teams.

"We would also like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance of staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust who played a major role in securing vital evidence at the outset of this investigation.

"Undoubtedly, their expertise, coupled with the use of the very latest technology, helped us bring Coukham to justice."

Email Icon

Sign up for exclusive news, competitions and offers.
Proper Local News updates from Pirate FM

Suggested articles

Baby boom at Arizona hospital: 16 nurses pregnant

Strange News: There's a baby boom coming to a hospital in Arizona, with 16 nurses preparing to give birth over the coming months.

Trending in Cornwall

VIDEO: Visit Cornwall stops actively promoting two beaches

This is amid fears about overcrowding this summer

Taxi drivers handed licences despite convictions

Cases in Cornwall include drink-driving and speeding

Four rescued as blow-up chair drifts off Cornish coast

A broken down jet-ski was towing the inflatable

WATCH: Dolphins filmed feeding off Newquay

The footage of around 15 is lovely!

WATCH: Minister makes pledge on pollution in Cornwall

Plastic waste could be tackled through the tax system

Another comedian enters the cream tea debate

Sarah Millican does it a VERY different way

Huge spike in demand at Cornwall's biggest hospital

Some staff at A&E are working almost double shifts

Over 1,600 drivers caught speeding in one week

Devon and Cornwall Police launched a summer crackdown

Teenagers cut off by tide at Cornish harbour

The pair were angling at Marazion late on Thursday

10 things you know only if you grew up in Truro

City secrets only true locals get!

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall