A man has been given a 22-year sentence after carrying out a prolonged campaign of physical and sexual abuse against a toddler.Kane Fanelli, aged 27, of Clover Close, Luton, appeared before St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday, October 31, 2019, after being convicted following an earlier trial.
On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Fanelli was being found guilty of two counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and one count of sexual assault against the male victim, who was 18-months-old at the time.
During the seven-week trial the court heard how Fanelli subjected the victim, who lived in Watford, to a protracted campaign of abuse between May 2018 and June 2018.
The child, who has now been safeguarded, suffered a catalogue of traumatic injuries including bruising, swelling, bite marks, burns, cuts and abrasions.
On Sunday 1 July 2018, the victim was presented at hospital with an injury and after doctors conducted a thorough physical examination, they discovered a large number of other painful injuries they deemed non-accidental and the police were called.One of the paediatricians who assessed the victim said that ‘in over 25 years of paediatric practice he had rarely seen such extensive injuries in a child’ and that it was ‘fortuitous he was alive’.