Kayden McGuinness: Killed in 'complete breach of trust' court told

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By Michael McHugh

A three-year-old boy with suspected autism suffered fatal head injuries in a complete breach of trust by his killer, a lawyer told a court.

Kayden McGuinness sustained 15 bruises on the scalp and died from swelling and bleeding of the brain.

He was found dead in bed at his family flat in Derry - Londonderry in September 2017.

Liam Whoriskey, 25, from Glenabbey Gardens in the city, was convicted of manslaughter and cruelty to a child by a jury at the city's crown court in October.

He was a former partner of the child's mother.

Prosecutor Peter Irvine QC said: "There was a complete breach of trust in this case."

The child died from blunt force trauma, and probation officers said Whoriskey, posed a significant risk to other members of the public.

His former partner said he was aggressive and violent.

She said: "He went from 0-60, roaring and shouting."

A pre-sentence hearing was held at Londonderry Crown Court on Friday.

Whoriskey will be sentenced on December 16.

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