Father GUILTY of murdering his adopted 18-month-old adopted daughter.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, of Delabole, Cornwall, denied inflicting catastrophic injuries on Elsie Scully-Hicks at their Cardiff home but has been found guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court.

The prosecution successfully argued that he “gripped her by the rib cage, shook her, and she struck her head on a hard surface or he used a hard object to hit her”

The prosecution drew attention to messages the defendant had sent referring to Elsie as “Satan” and a “psycho” in the weeks after her arrival.

The prosecution asked the jury whether “they show a loving father, well able to deal with the challenges a new infant brings?”.