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Father in court accused of attacking and murdering baby son at home

David Sinclair is accused of killing his child Joshua at his home in East Kilbride in 2012.

By STV News

Published 15 Jan 2016.

A father is to stand trial charged with murdering his five-month-old son.

David Sinclair is accused of killing his child Joshua at his home in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire in December 2012.

Prosecutors claim the 34-year-old did compress the chest of the boy and did "asphyxiate" him. It is also alleged Sinclair seized hold of the child and shook him repeatedly.

The indictment further claims he inflicted "blunt force trauma" to Joshua by "means to the prosecutor unknown".

The child is said to have been left so severely injured he died at Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride. Sinclair faces a separate charge of attempting to murder his baby son.

The accusation spans from a day after Joshua was born to the day before he is said to have been killed.

The nature of the alleged murder bid is almost identical to what is claimed in the other charge. Sinclair made his first public appearance in the dock during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Ian Duguid QC, defending, entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. Judge Lady Scott set a trial due to start in July. The case is expected to last around four weeks.

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