Jason Redgrave broke down when convicted of Ethan Hopson's death
CONVICTED killer Jason Redgrave wept and bawled uncontrollably after being convicted of manslaughter – despite being cleared of the main murder charge.
He cried and sobbed so much that the judge was forced to delay sentencing him because he seemed so "distressed".
There were loud sighs from the packed public gallery when the jury foreman delivered the "not guilty" verdict to murder.
Redgrave, 25, of Grimsby, started sobbing before bowing his head in his chest and finally sitting down and burying his head on the bench in front of him, while continuing to cry uncontrollably.
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He carried on sobbing and refused to stand up with everyone else when the judge left court after deciding to delay sentencing him until Redgrave composed himself.
There were later gasps from the public gallery when the eight-year prison sentence was imposed. The family of Ethan Hopson had been hoping for a murder conviction and a much longer sentence.
And as soon as we broke the news on www.thisis grimsby.co.uk, members of the 10,000-strong Facebook group, Make A Wish For Ethan George Hopson, started to react angrily.
One said: "Rest safe in the knowledge that he may have only eight years but he will never be 'free' again in the true sense."
Another said: "Eight years is nothing compared to a full life ahead of baby Ethan."
After the verdict, Redgrave's barrister, Stuart Denney QC, told the court that, whatever Redgrave did, it happened thoughtlessly, without premeditation and without wicked intent.
He did not seek to blame anyone else.
"The events of that night have brought tragedy for baby Ethan and all of his family. It's a moment of stupidity costing a lifetime of regret."
Redgrave denied murdering six-month-old Ethan and a charge of manslaughter. He was convicted of manslaughter after a seven-day trial.
He claimed during the trial that he could not explain how the injuries – including severe brain damage – were caused but he was forced by findings in medical reports to admit that he must have been responsible for all or some of them because he was the only person with Ethan at the time.
He denied deliberately using any unlawful violence and claimed there must have been a freak incident which caused the injuries.
The prosecution claimed Redgrave was feeling "acute annoyance, anger and irritation" towards Ethan because the baby probably started crying while he was sending sexually-suggestive text messages to another man.
Redgrave attacked Ethan on December 17 but the baby did not die until December 22. He had been taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital for specialist care.
Redgrave, who was in the Army for a short time, had no previous convictions.
He had been married and had a three-year-old son of his own at the time.
More reaction and background to the case in tomorrow's Grimsby Telegraph.