Jury deliberates over murder charge against Dudley father

The jury has retired to start their deliberations in the trial of a Dudley father accused of murdering his five-month-old baby daughter.

Birmingham Crown Court
Birmingham Crown Court

Mr Thomas Linden QC, who is presiding over the case at Birmingham Crown Court, sent out jurors on Friday afternoon.

They have heard evidence since the trial begin on January 18.

Philip Peace, 42, from Himley Road in Dudley, is accused by prosecutors of shaking Summer and causing her fatal brain injuries.

He has denied this and a charge of murder.

Mr Linden finished his summing up of the case yesterday, which a judge will do before jurors are sent out to deliberate.

He recapped on evidence from a doctor called Dr McCarthy. He said: "Dr McCarthy said [there was] severe bleeding in both eyes which occurred 72 hours before [her] death.

"Doctor McCarthy said Summer's injuries were consistent with traumatic injuries and trauma involving head movement."

In his evidence, Dr McCarthy said there was a "rapid acceleration and deceleration" of Summer's head, the judge recalled in his summing up.

The judge went over the prosecution's evidence, which alleges that Summer's injuries to her ribcage was caused by her being grasped forcefully by the defendant, Philip Peace.

"This is denied by the defendant and he suggests whatever injuries there are was [caused] by chest compressions," said the judge.

The case will resume on Monday.

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