A FATHER who shook his baby so violently he was left blind for life is starting a four-year jail sentence.
Paul Sykes, 41, has also been banned from ever working with children after committing grievous bodily harm against little Charlie Senior.
Bradford Crown Court heard Charlie suffered brain damage and bleeding on the eye when he was shaken by Sykes, of North Street, Lockwood, on May 18 2007.
The tot, who was just 15 weeks old at the time, was left blind and is likely to need care for the rest of his life.
The court also heard Sykes had a previous conviction for GBH against a baby. He was given a one year suspended sentence in 1993 for breaking the leg of a two-month-old girl.
During the hearing the Examiner successfully challenged an order banning the full reporting of the story.
After the hearing, Charlie’s mum Joanne, of Willow Grove in Golcar, said: "I’m really happy with the result.
"The maximum he could have got was five years.
"He is only going to serve two years but that’s going to feel like a lifetime and I hope he suffers. Charlie’s going to suffer for the rest of his life.
"The most important thing is that the judge recognised what a danger he is to children."
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