A JUDGE launched a bitter attack on a decision to offer a caution to a violent baby abuser.
He has described as "unbelievable" the prosecution decision to offer a caution to Phillip Roznowksi, who broke his baby daughter's legs in a fit of temper.
Jailing 27-year-old Roznowski for 16 months at Bradford Crown Court, Judge Roger Scott said he was "absolutely staggered" to learn that a caution had been offered and declined.
"The idea that any police force in the United Kingdom would contemplate an £80 fixed penalty or a caution for breaking the legs of a child, when the person involved has previous convictions, is unbelievable," he added.
Earlier in the case, Judge Scott said he understood that cautions were being given for virtually all offences of violence.
He asked whether that was now the policy of the Crown Prosecution Service, but was told by prosecutor Gavin Howie: "No, it is not the policy."
Roznowski, of Town Crescent, Leeds Road, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to his four-month-old daughter Chloe in April last year.
Mr Howie told the court that the baby, who had been born prematurely and had health problems, was taken to the family doctor who noticed she was in discomfort while being changed.
She was referred to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, where both legs were found to be fractured.
Roznowski was interviewed by police and told them he had dropped the baby by accident.
Later, he said he had lost his temper on a couple of occasions but insisted he had not meant to harm the child.
Giles Bridge, mitigating, said his client accepted that he had lost his temper but the injuries were not premeditated.
The baby had been causing concern to both parents.
He had pulled her from her pram by her legs and as a result her legs had twisted.
He was offered a caution by the police, but refused it.
Ordering that Roznowski be banned from working with children for the rest of his life, Judge Scott told him: "Babies, unhappily, do cry and cry and cry.
"On this occasion, things got out of hand and you pulled the baby down the cot by her legs."