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'Utterly evil' Australian baby killer jailed for life

Published on Jun 13, 2014 12:44 PM
 

MELBOURNE (AFP) - An "utterly evil" Australian man who killed a 10-month-old boy by bludgeoning him with a homemade baton during a burglary was on Friday jailed for life.

Harley Hicks, 21, was sentenced to a minimum of 32 years for murdering Zayden Veal-Whitting in 2012 by savagely beating him more than 30 times in the face, head and body.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye said Hicks, who denied the killing, had shown no remorse for the ferocious attack on the infant as he lay in his cot.

"He was utterly harmless, defenceless and helpless," Justice Kaye said in sentencing. "Any human being with even a shred of decency and humanity could only feel compassion, tenderness and protectiveness towards an infant in those circumstances.

 
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