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Man Jailed in York Baby GBH Case

Police 7

10:40am 1st September 2014

He caused grievous bodily harm to a baby girl in 2012 and caused a woman to fear violence when he brandished a knife in a violent incident in 2014.

Gareth Sean Harley, aged 23, was sentenced at York Crown Court on Friday 29 August 2014 having recently pleaded guilty to the charges.

The case began on 21 December 2012 when authorities in York discovered a six-week-old baby girl had suffered serious inflicted injuries which included several fractured ribs.

Police and partner agencies responded to the incident effectively which secured the conviction of Harley and the long-term safeguarding of the child who has since made a full recovery.

The knife incident occurred on 27 March 2014 in York when Harley threatened a woman.

DC Theresa Wright of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, who led the investigation, said:

“This case is a good example of how cohesively local partner agencies combine their experience and skills to safeguard the vulnerable and prosecute those responsible for such inexcusable and sickening acts of violence"

“I would like to pay tribute to the NSPCC, health care professionals and Social Services who all played pivotal roles in this case. Also to the often unseen but invaluable support of volunteer foster carers who provide safety and stability for those children who have no voice at their time of crisis.”

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