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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."

3:53pm 15th January 2013

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