Factory worker, 29, who murdered his 11-week-old son and inflicted life-changing injuries on the baby’s twin brother after ‘violently’ shaking them is jailed for life

  • Haroldas Bugaila shook 11-week-old Martinas Bugaila to death on March 27, 2019
  • The youngster was found with a face as ‘white as paper’ after being left with him
  • Bugaila had warned the boy’s mother more than once he would ‘make boys cry’
  • He was convicted of murder and three charges of causing grievous bodily harm
  • Bugaila, from Boston, was sentenced on Wednesday to a minimum of 23 years

Chicken factory worker Haroldas Bugaila (pictured) shook 11-week-old Martinas Bugaila to death on March 27, 2019

A man who murdered his baby son and inflicted life-changing injuries on the infant’s twin brother by ‘deliberately and violently’ shaking them has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum of 23 years.

Chicken factory worker Haroldas Bugaila shook 11-week-old Martinas Bugaila to death on March 27, 2019.

The youngster was discovered with a face as ‘white as paper’ after being left with the defendant.

A trial at Lincoln Crown Court heard the 29-year-old had warned the children’s mother on more than one occasion he would ‘make the boys cry’ before injuring the twins.

The prosecution told the court Bugaila, from Boston, made the threats to his partner Aliona because she was speaking to him ‘in a way to which he objected’.

The High Court judge presiding over the case told Bugaila he was ‘anything but a good father’ to his sons.

He added: ‘Whilst they were in your joint care, you deliberately and violently shook each of those babies on at least two occasions.’

After a six-week trial, jurors convicted the defendant of murder and three charges of causing grievous bodily harm.

After a six-week trial, jurors convicted the defendant of murder and three charges of causing grievous bodily harm

Sentencing Bugaila on Wednesday, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker told him: ‘In the course of your evidence at trial, you told the jury that when you discovered that your partner was pregnant with twins, it made you extremely happy as you had always wanted to be a dad and, because you had never seen your own father, you wanted to be a good father to your own children.

‘Sadly, after the twins were born… you were anything but a good father to them, as it is clear from the jury’s verdicts.

‘Whilst they were in your joint care, you deliberately and violently shook each of those babies on at least two occasions, causing fatal injuries to one of them.’

On the day of the murder, Bugaila was left alone with Martinas for five minutes before starting to shout: ‘Come here, there’s something wrong.’

Aliona, 22, and her sister Violeta ran upstairs to find the youngster lying on his back ‘completely white’ and not breathing, the court heard.

The boy died after suffering a ‘catastrophic brain injury’ akin to those seen after a ‘high-speed motor vehicle accident’.

On the day of the murder, Bugaila was left alone with Martinas for five minutes before starting to shout: ‘Come here, there’s something wrong’

The prosecution said Martinas was ‘turning blue’ as his mother made resuscitation attempts.

The judge continued: ‘It is apparent from the expert clinical evidence that whilst you were upstairs with Martinas, you took the opportunity to shake him with such violence that he was caused the injuries which subsequently led to his death.

‘Unfortunately, by the time the police arrived at your house at about 6pm, it is again clear from the expert clinical evidence that you had taken the opportunity of shaking your other child with such violence that he too required intensive lifesaving procedures to be carried out upon him.

‘During the course of the trial you sought to deflect responsibility for having caused these injuries by suggesting that they may have been inflicted by others living with you at the property, including your partner, her sister and even your own brother.’

Making submissions on his behalf, Allison Summers QC told the court: ‘Whatever he did, on any assessment, when he saw the lifeless body of Martinas… this has been a profoundly sad time for Mr Bugaila.’

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