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Medic in tot trial weeps in court

PUBLISHED: 11:25 01 July 2010 | UPDATED: 18:05 25 August 2010

A paramedic accused of murdering his baby son told a jury how the boy collapsed while he was out of the room swigging from a can of cider.

A paramedic accused of murdering his baby son told a jury how the boy collapsed while he was out of the room swigging from a can of cider.

Gavin Gibbs, 41, of Brook Vale, Erith, said he returned to find three month-old Charlie Gibbs lying limp on the sofa with blood on his mouth and nose, the Old Bailey heard yesterday.

He wept in the witness box as he described trying to save the boy's life by giving mouth-to-mouth and chest compressions.

Charlie was taken to hospital but was declared brain stem dead two days later on October 25, 2008.

Jurors have been told that when Gibbs was allowed to hold his son one last time after the life support machine was turned off, he was heard to whisper "Please forgive me".

He told jurors: "I tried my best. I tried to save him. It failed.

"I picked him up and checked him over. I checked his head for any bumps. Charlie was crying but he did settle."

His barrister David Turner asked him: "Had you done anything to cause his collapse?"

Gibbs replied: "I didn't do anything."

The Old Bailey has heard Charlie suffered a fractured skull, a broken arm, a fractured leg, two fractured ribs and at least two brain haemorrhages before his death.

Giving evidence, Gibbs said his son must have suffered the fractured skull when he fell off the sofa on October 3, 2008.

During his time with the London Ambulance Service he has revived clinically dead people and delivered seven babies, the court heard.

He said he was inspired to join the emergency services when he was traumatised in 1989 after a girlfriend died of an asthma attack. Gibbs denies murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to the boy and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to his twin sister.

The trial continues.


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