Despite claiming that his baby daughter had died after falling out of bed, a court has heard that a 23 year-old actually killed her with repeated, violent blows and bites.
While two month-old Aukse’s mother was at work, Aurimas Medvedevas inflicted a catalogue of horrific injuries on his daughter, which the prosecution claimed was “rooted in the pressures of home life and his own inability to cope with the change in his circumstances.” When the infant’s mother returned from work that night, she found baby Aukse dead in her cot.
Medvedevas initially claimed that she had fallen out of bed; however, the morning that his trial was due to start, he changed his story and said that he had shook her and thrown her down on the bed and she then fell onto the floor. However, the prosecution is arguing that neither story tallies with the numerous injuries discovered at Aukse’s post-mortem.
Medvedevas, of Clifton Avenue, Peterborough, denies murder; the prosecution disagrees and has listed for the court Aukse’s injuries. Aukse’s body was covered in bruises and abrasions and there were two horrifying bite marks on her forehead that matched Medvedevas’s teeth imprint. Aukse had also sustained severe internal injuries; her liver had a deep cut, she had five rib fractures, bleeding on her brain and haemorrhaging in her eyes which indicates she had been shaken.
Mr Karim Khalil QC for Prosecution told the jury: “For reasons known only to him but which may well be rooted in the pressures of home life and his own inability to cope with the change in his circumstances, he took hold of his own baby, he bit her on the head, he struck her repeatedly and he shook her hard.
“As a result of all that she died, not immediately, but a few hours later. As he committed those acts of violence against baby Aukse he must have intended to kill her or cause her really serious harm. That is murder.”
The trial continues.