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Bristol man jailed for killing baby daughter has boiling water thrown at him in prison

By cfayfineran  |  Posted: December 16, 2013

Bristol man jailed for killing baby daughter has boiling water thrown at him in prison

William Stephens

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A Bristol man jailed last week for killing his baby daughter has been attacked in prison.

At William Stephens' sentencing for the manslaughter of 16-week-old Paris, the court heard that he had already had scalding water thrown at his face in a "group attack" in his cell.

He has been moved to a wing reserved for sex offenders as a result.

Learning-impaired Stephens was jailed for six years.

He may have lost control and shaken Paris because she was crying, causing her a fatal brain bleed.

Though he was looking after her he should not have even been with the infant as a court had made a restraining order banning him from contact with Paris' mum Danah Vince, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Results of a serious case review into the tragedy, focusing on the roles of agencies such as social services, are to be made public next year.

Stephens, 25, of Fonthill Road, Southmead, denied manslaughter.

Ignatious Hughes, defending him, said: "Given his limited IQ, his time in prison is likely to be much more difficult than that of somebody with greater faculties.

"He has already had scalding water thrown at his face and a group attack in his cell. As a result he has been moved and is now on a wing reserved for sex offenders."

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