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Child killer jailed for 19 years

A Victorian man who admitted breaking a two-year-old boy's leg and biting and punching him was today jailed for 19 years for the child's murder.
Haemon Gill, 30, of the Geelong suburb of Norlane was ordered to serve a minimum non-parole term of 14 years.
Gill had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his defacto wife's son, Lewis Jacob Blackley, whose body was found at his home in Robin Avenue, Norlane, on November 11, 2001.
He died from head injuries.
Supreme Court judge, Justice John Coldrey said in sentencing that Gill had offered a number of reasons for the harm caused to the child, one being that he intended to show him "who's boss".
The judge told Gill: "Whatever the motivation for your behaviour, it represents a grave abuse of the position of power and control that you held over this young child.
"Instead of the care and protection to which Lewis Blackley was entitled, he received aggression and violence, pain and suffering. On any view, your conduct constituted a gross breach of trust."

www.theage.com.au (16-10-2003)

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De facto threw toddler, court told

A man accused of murdering his de facto wife's two-year-old son told police he had thrown the boy over his head the day before he died because he would not stop crying, a Supreme Court jury heard yesterday.
In a videotaped interview played to the court in Geelong yesterday, Haemon Gill, 29, also admitted biting Lewis Jacob Blackley on the hip and tapping him on the head 20 times with a videotape cover.
But Gill told police that while he "made some mistakes" on the night before Lewis's body was found, he did not hit the boy and knew nothing about the child's broken leg or a bite mark and bruises on his right calf.
Gill, of the Geelong suburb of Norlane, has pleaded not guilty to murdering Lewis.
The court has been told that the toddler, whose body was found at his home in Robin Avenue, on November 11, 2001, died of head injuries, but also had a broken leg and bruises.
In the interview played to the court, Gill recalled how he had "cracked it" and tossed Lewis over his head because the boy would not stop crying. "It just got to me," he told police.
Gill said the boy landed awkwardly. "He landed hard, he came down on his head... his entire body just flopped," he said on the videotape.
The boy's mother, Daisy De Los Reyes told the jury on Friday that she was still in love with the man accused of murdering her son.
She said she believed he was innocent of the crime and wanted their relationship to continue.
Ms De Los Reyes said Gill told her he had given Lewis a "Chinese burn" on his leg the night before he died, but that he was "doing it softly and had been just playing around".
The trial, before Justice Coldrey, is continuing.

www.theage.com.au (4-3-2003)
David Adams

Man beat boy, 2, to death, court told

A man has been accused of battering to death a two-year-old boy because the child "pissed him off". Lewis Jacob Blackley died of brain swelling caused by blunt trauma on November 11 2001. His mother's de facto partner, Haemon Gill, 29, of Norlane in Geelong, has pleaded not guilty to his murder.
A Supreme Court jury in Geelong was told yesterday that Gill had been drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana before attacking the child, biting him and breaking his leg.
It was told that Lewis had been crying the previous week and on the day of his death and had thrown temper tantrums.
Prosecutor Michelle Williams said Mr Gill had told police that Lewis had "pissed him off; pissed his mother off".
He also told the police that he had intended to hurt Lewis and that "Lewis was a shit, a cockroach", she said.
Ms Williams said Gill had initially lied to police, telling them he had gone to sleep and awoken to find the boy dead on the couch. But, in a later statement, he said that while he wasn't sure whether he had hit Lewis in the head, he had bitten and hit him.
He also admitted giving Lewis a Chinese burn on his leg, breaking it, to show him "who was boss". "He intended to kill him; he intended to harm him," Ms Williams told the court.
She said a pathologist would give evidence that Lewis had suffered multiple recent injuries to the skull, all four limbs, and bites to his calf and hip.
Gill had been with Lewis's mother, Daisy De Los Reyes, for two months. Gavin Solbert, for Gill, described the case as tragic and urged jurors to keep an open mind.
He said his client denied causing Lewis's death and noted that the mother had been in the Norlane house at the time of his death. Gill was infatuated with the mother and had tried to distance her from any involvement in the death, Mr Solbert said.
Lewis's natural father, Vaughan Blackley, said he had separated from Ms De Los Reyes, 29, about three months after the boy's birth. Ms De Los Reyes and Lewis had moved to Geelong while he remained in New South Wales, he said.
Mr Blackley said that at Lewis's second birthday in Geelong in October 2001, his son had seemed a normal, healthy boy.
Under cross-examination, he said that he became aware Ms De Los Reyes was on medication for schizophrenia in February 2000, after she had pulled a large kitchen knife on him.
The trial, before Justice John Coldrey, is continuing.

www.theage.com.au (26-2-2003)
David Adams

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