Baby could not have died from fall’

PUBLISHED: 11:58 24 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:04 25 August 2010

THE baby son of a paramedic accused of his murder could not have died from a simple fall on the floor, the Old Bailey heard.

THE baby son of a paramedic accused of his murder could not have died from "a simple fall" on the floor, the Old Bailey heard.

Three month-old Charlie Gibbs suffered brain damage and fractures to his skull, upper arm, left leg and ribs before his death on October 23, 2008.

His father Gavin Gibbs, 41, of Brook Vale, Erith, claimed the boy suddenly slumped over on the couch and stopped breathing while he was getting a cold drink.

But after experts confirmed Charlie had suffered a skull fracture around three weeks before his death, Gibbs claimed Charlie had fallen off the sofa.

Brain expert Dr Safa Al-Saraj told the Old Bailey yesterday that he believed there were three episodes of bleeding inside the boy's skull.

He said: "There is very recent bleeding, there is bleeding around two days earlier and there is an old haematoma.

"I think these are separate incidents."

The doctor said that the brain injuries would have involved impact on a soft surface due to the lack of visible bruising.

But he claimed that the brain injury also involved some degree of shaking, or "acceleration-deceleration" whiplash type movement.

He added: "I don't think a simple fall would cause such significant damage to the brain."

Defence lawyers for Gibbs have suggested that the later haemorrhages may have been 're-bleeding'.

Dr Al-Saraj said: "It's very difficult to know exactly. These things are difficult to judge. You don't know whether or not there is a re-bleeding."

Gibbs is also accused of causing four broken ribs to Charlie's twin sister, which a court order banned from being identified.

He denies murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Charlie and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the twin.

The trial continues.


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