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Man jailed 21 years for beating his eleven-year old son to death

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For killing his 11-year-old son, a man was given a life sentence in prison.

In June of last year, Michael Harrison murdered his son Mikey in the vicinity of a park in Heanor, Derbyshire.

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He then dialled 911 and informed the operator that Mikey had fallen out of a tree.

“At 18 minutes past one on Saturday, June 18, 2022, you started a charade solely intended to protect yourself,” Judge Shaun Smith KC reprimanded the 41-year-old.

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‘That was because you had attacked your 11-year-old son Mikey. You hit and punched him many times. At least one of those blows was so hard it lacerated his liver.

‘Rather than face up to what you had done, you made a call to the ambulance service to report that Mikey had fallen out of a tree.

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‘What you did that morning ended the life of a little boy and emptied the lives of many others.’

Harrison was jailed for life at Derby Crown Court with a minimum term of 21 years and six months for the murder.

Michael Harrison had unleashed a violent attack on his young son (Picture: PA)
Michael Harrison had unleashed a violent attack on his young son (Picture: PA)

He had previously pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mikey during a court hearing, but had denied murder.

Ambulance crews had been called to the Heanor area last June after receiving a report that Mikey was injured.

He was taken to hospital where he later died.


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