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Trial of father accused of infant's murder begins in Belfast

Ryan Leslie, 26, has been charged with the murder of his 14-week-old son in 2008.

File photo of the figure of justice.
File photo of the figure of justice.
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THE TRIAL OF A MAN accused of murdering his infant son has opened at Belfast Crown Court.

Ryan Leslie, 26, of Ballyvessey Green, Newtownabbey, has been charged with grievous bodily harm and the murder of his 14-week-old son Cameron in September 2008, the BBC reports. He denies the charges.

The court has heard that Cameron Leslie died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and had also sustained fractured ribs. He died two days after being taken to hospital.

The prosecution said medical experts would present evidence showing that those injuries were not caused accidentally, and the only person looking after the baby in the timeframe the injuries occurred was Ryan Leslie.

UTV reports that Leslie had attempted suicide in the same week as the baby died. He said the baby had banged his head on a plastic bath.

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