A MONSTER who put a 13-month old girl in a tumble dryer before attacking her has been caged for seven years.
Sick Thomas Dunn, 25, claimed he had only “assisted” the toddler after he seen her climbing into the machine herself before biting her in a separate sick attack.
The sicko then claimed he did not fully close the machine door on the child but the dryer had activated and started rotating.
The horror attack caused the child to suffer skull fractures.
On another occasion, he struck the child on the head and body causing her severe injury.
Dunn was found guilty of culpable and reckless conduct and assault in June 2019.
Sheriff Alistair Brown told Dunn that he could only impose a five-year sentence on him.
But he said he didn’t think that sentence would be tough enough so sent him to the High Court to be sentenced.
On Monday, judge Lord Brodie sentenced thug Dunn, from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, to be caged for seven years.
He also ordered him to be supervised by the authorities for three years following his release from custody.
Lord Brodie said: “You have been found guilty after trial of very serious offences against a one-year-old child who had been in your care.
You must have hit that little girl extremely hard at least twice in order to inflict potentially catastrophic damage to her.
Sherrif Alistair Brown
“You will go to prison for seven years and you will be supervised for a further three years.”
The court earlier heard how the attacks took place over a two week period from December 18, 2017, to January 8, 2018.
Dunn was convicted after claiming in evidence that he tried to help the little girl climb into the washing machine.
He said he was “mucking around”.
On January 8, he assaulted the same girl in a vile assault by striking her on the head and body, striking her against an “object” and biting her.
Horror brain injuries
He claimed he had found the child lying limp while he was caring for at a house in Arbroath.
She was taken to hospital where medics found she had sustained brain injuries.
Doctors contacted cops who found enough evidence to prove Dunn was responsible for her injuries.
Sheriff Brown told Dunn that there was no other option but to send him to the high court.
He added: “You must have hit that little girl extremely hard at least twice in order to inflict potentially catastrophic damage to her.
“It’s only by good fortune that you were not in the high court on a charge of murder.
“The assault charge is so monstrous and carried out with such utter indifference to this little girl’s life that my powers are not adequate to deal with you.
“I interpret the verdict at best that you assisted her into the tumble dryer and closed the door whereas what you ought to have been doing as a responsible adult was stopping her from getting in in the first place.”
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On Monday, defense advocate Niall McCluskey told the court that his client had suffered from mental health problems.
He added: “He suffers from depression and mental health problems. He also accepts that the imposition of a prison sentence is inevitable.”
Lord Brodie then ordered him to be taken into custody.
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