An ice addict who murdered his girlfriend’s baby son by throwing him against a wall has been jailed for 34 years.
Dwayne Lindsey was looking after Chayse in the couple’s Glenroy apartment on June 24, 2016.
He claimed Chayse was asleep on his chest when he saw a spider and that the infant fell when he jolted, but has never expressed remorse for causing the child’s death.
The judge said he’d seen the man become tearful but he didn’t believe it was genuine and was instead a ploy to get sympathy from the jury.
Dwayne Lindsey was looking after Chayse (pictured) in the couple’s Glenroy apartment on June 24, 2016
Chayse had severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, marks on his neck, bruising and abrasions on his groin, and retinal bleeding.
Lindsey has a criminal history dating back to 2002, where he was charged with assault, theft and burglary, Seven News reported.
In 2013 he held a student at knife point and demanded the child’s phone.
Lindsey’s sentence couldn’t be revealed due to a court order as he was waiting charges on an alleged attack on another child.
Those charges, and the court order, were thrown out in a Victorian County Court on Friday.
Lindsey has never expressed remorse for his actions that led to Chayse’s death.
Lindsey’s (pictured) sentence couldn’t be revealed due to a court order as he was waiting charges on an alleged attack on another child
Michelle Dearing (pictured with Chayse) said during her victim impact statement that she missed her son more each day
LINDSEY’S CRIMINAL HISTORY
2002 – Burglary, theft and assault
2011 – High-speed collision that resulted in a death. Lindsey had an infant in the back seat of the car
2013 – Held a knife to a student’s throat and demanded they hand over their phone
2015 – Accused of assaulting another girlfriend’s daughter
2016 – Killed Chayse by throwing him against a wall
The judge said he’d seen the man become tearful but he didn’t believe it was genuine and instead a ploy to get sympathy from the jury.
Michelle Dearing said during her impact statement: ‘I miss more and more every day his smile, his cheeky laugh, the way he looked at me with so much love,’ Nine News reported.
Justice Stephen Kaye said: ‘Those injuries bear the hallmarks of a ferocious, brutal and sickening attack, inflicted by you on a defenceless, harmless innocent baby.’
Lindsey was sentenced to 34 years in prison, with a non-parole period of 27 years.
He will serve his sentence in protective custody.