Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer Dad to Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Killer Dad to Appeal

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Byline: KERRY WOOD

A DAD jailed for killing his partner's baby in a momentary loss of control is to launch an appeal against his conviction.

Days before Christmas Richard Morgan, described in court as a loving dad and a man of previous good character, was sentenced to seven and a half years for violently shaking Slater Sharkey to death.

Throughout the five-week trial Morgan, 33, maintained his innocence claiming he'd returned from the toilet to find the youngster lifeless on the floor. The court heard Slater had been left in Morgan's care on December 11, 2010, while his mum Rachel Peacock popped to shops close to their home in Owen Terrace, Tantobie, County Durham.

Returning less than 15 minutes later she found Morgan on the doorstep holding her lifeless, longed-for baby, conceived after IVF treatment with former partner Carl Sharkey, who had regular contact with his son.

It wasn't until a year later that Northumbria Police charged Morgan, a former Navy recruit, with killing 13-month-old Slater and last December he was found guilty of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court. …

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