"Utter Wickedness": Repeat child abuser jailed for attacking baby he hated 6 months ago

"Utter Wickedness": Repeat child abuser jailed for attacking baby he hated

The judge condemned his "wickedness" and lack of remorse.

Content warning: This article contains harrowing details of child abuse.

A Scottish man who repeatedly attacked a baby boy over 100 days has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison with three years supervision on release.

William McAslan, 40, was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow this week following his conviction for assaulting the infant to severe injury and to the danger of his life.

McAslan, who was also found guilty of assaulting another child between 2006 and 2015, carried out the attacks due to his apparent "hatred" of the baby.

Prosecutors said the attacks, which left the child with horrific injuries, took place on multiple occasions between January and April 2019.

According to BBC News, charges stated that McAslan struck and inflicted blunt force trauma on the infant, squeezed and pressed his body, twisted and shook him and failed to get appropriate medical treatment for him.

When the child's mother noticed her son's arm was "limp and swollen" in April 2019, McAslan accompanied her to a Glasgow hospital but complained: "Look at all the trouble she has caused by taking him to hospital."

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The young victim remained under an orthopaedic surgeon's care until January 2020.

Sentencing McAslan, Judge Michael O'Grady QC said: "I remarked last time of the horror and utter wickedness of what you did to the baby.

"You remain defiant and, even now, you show no remorse and accept no responsibility. You are unable to muster any emotion beyond any which is wholly self serving.

"I have now been appraised of the personal and physical consequences for the child. They are perhaps better than might have been expected - no thanks, of course, to you.

"The emotional consequences are unknown and perhaps incalculable, but are bound to be significant and possibly life-changing."

The child McAslan was found guilty of assaulting between 2006 and 2015 was another young boy, who he allegedly hit and forced to stand naked in a common area.

If you have been affected by any of the details of this article, you can contact Childline on 1800 66 66 66.