Jury in trial of man accused of shaking his son death urged to put emotions to one side

ACCUSED: Lee Clark

ACCUSED: Lee Clark

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Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter (South Durham)

THE judge in the trial of a man accused of shaking his own son to death has warned the jury to put all emotions aside.

Judge Peter Coulson urged the eight women and four men to look purely at the evidence when considering whether Lee Clark is guilty of the manslaughter of five-month-old Charlee (CORR) Cameron Clark.

He said: "You may have found it upsetting and it may have made you angry but you must put that aside and clearly and calmly decide on the evidence."

In summing up, he told members of the jury at Newcastle Crown Court today (Monday, February 11) they needed to consider the whole picture and not approach it as two conflicting versions of how the youngster's injuries were caused.

Charlee died in the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), in Newcastle, on March 1, 2011, five days after being admitted to hospital.

His father, Mr Clark, 28, denies the manslaughter of his son at their home in Neville Close, Gainford, County Durham.

Mr Clark's fiancé at the time, Natalie Holmes had left him caring for their baby while she went shopping in Darlington for a new outfit for his christening, which was planned for two days later.

When she left he was his "normal happy self". However, while she was out Mr Clark told her Charlee had refused his bottle, started making a "groaning noise" and had become unresponsive.

Miss Holmes put it down to him missing her but she soon realised something was seriously wrong.

He was rushed to Darlington Memorial Hospital where medical staff found him to have bleeding and swelling in his brain and bleeding behind his eyes. He was then transferred to the RVI.

The trial continues.

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