Nicholas Baxter is accused of murdering six-week-old baby Matthew in November 2011.
Nicholas Baxter is accused of murdering six-week-old baby Matthew in November 2011.

Father guilty of killing his six-week old baby boy

NICHOLAS Baxter has been convicted of killing his six-week-old baby Matthew.

Baxter, an ex-army corporal, had pleaded not guilty to murdering his son, by shaking or striking him on November 3, 2011.

The jury of eight women and four men found him not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

They took 11 hours of deliberations before reaching the verdict in Townsville Supreme Court.

Baxter was supported by his wife Tenae, her family and his extended family during the lengthy six-week trial.

Ms Baxter gasped, said "No, no, no" then cried after the verdict was read out. Baxter did not show emotion.

During the trial, the jury heard from 40 prosecution witnesses and 19 defence witnesses.

Baxter will be sentenced at 10am tomorrow.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

• It took six years for Nicholas Baxter to face trial after his son's death.

• The jury heard from 40 prosecution witnesses

• Matthew died at 43 days old.



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