Man accused of raping 12 day old baby ‘hit child’s head on wall while tired and frustrated’

A man accused of raping and causing brain injuries to a 12-day-old baby claimed he may have unintentionally hit the child’s head on a wall while “tired and frustrated”.

The child had sustained a brain haemorrhage, a number of broken bones, traumatic bruising and was bleeding when admitted to hospital.

But the 25-year-old defendant, who cannot be identified, denies sexually assaulting the infant and gave no explanation for the bruising, in Co Down, Northern Ireland.

During investigations police discovered extreme pornographic material and indecent images of children on a phone linked to the accused.