Teen who put her newborn in a bin tells court of "regular beatings" from her father 1 month ago

Teen who put her newborn in a bin tells court of "regular beatings" from her father

The then 19-year-old gave birth to a baby before putting it a bin in April 2018.

The woman was found guilty of manslaughter and neglect, following the death of the baby girl.

The woman's father was present in court but walked out as a letter, which sought to explain the personal circumstances of the woman, was read aloud describing the "regular beatings" he had allegedly given his daughter throughout her life.

According to Independent.ie, Judge O'Kelly stopped proceedings to enquire if the man was the girl's father, noting that the letter "painted a different picture" to when he had been consoling the defendant in the dock that day.

However, the defense confirmed that the pair do not have a good relationship.

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In her letter to the court, the woman who is now 23 wrote that she was "living in fear" of her "abusive" father. "One comment would result in a beating for no reason whatsoever. After the beatings I would always be blamed."

She went on to explain that said she feared what her father would do if he found out she was pregnant and that she "will live with the consequences for as long as I live."

Judge O'Kelly held off making a decision on the day as he wanted to give it more consideration, but he revoked the woman's bail and remanded her in custody until July 5, when sentencing will be handed down.