Dad accused of murdering baby boy by blunt force trauma

Prosecutors claim Kaleb Penn died in hospital after receiving severe injuries caused by his father in 2017.

A man has denied murdering his two-month-old son by repeatedly inflicting a blunt force trauma on his head and body.

Brian Penn, 29, allegedly assaulted Kaleb Penn at a house on Wilson Street, Ayr, on November 1, 2017.

Prosecutors claim Penn compressed and shook the baby to his severe injury before he died in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital two days later.

Penn, of Mossblown, Ayrshire, is also charged with attempting to murder his baby on various occasions between 13 October 2017 and 31 October 2017.

It is claimed Penn repeatedly inflicted blunt force trauma on Kaleb’s head and body by means unknown. He is then said to have compressed his body and shaken him – all to his severe injury and danger of life.

Penn’s defence QC Brian McConnachie tendered pleas of not guilty to the charges at the High Court in Glasgow.

A special defence of incrimination was also entered by Mr McConnachie.

A further hearing was set for August 6 by Judge Lord Mulholland, who continued Penn’s bail.

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