Engineer 'murdered unplanned 15-week-old baby son' court told

Electrical engineer 'murdered un

Engineer 'murdered unplanned 15-week-old baby son' court told

Electrical engineer 'murdered unplanned 15-week-old baby son he called "pleb" by shaking him so hard his eyes bled'

  • Matthew Jones, of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, accused of murdering 15-week-old son
  • He claimed he 'clumsily dropped little Cody Rhys Williams who he called a 'pleb'
  • But Cody suffered severe head injuries in alleged assault and died the next day 
  • Doctors found so many haemorrhages in his eyes they couldn't count them all 

An electrical engineer at an NHS hospital murdered his 15-week-old baby son by shaking him so hard his eyes bled, a court heard.

Rugby player Mathew Jones, 26, of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, claimed he 'clumsily' dropped little Cody Rhys Williams-Jones, who he referred to as a 'pleb'.

But Cody suffered catastrophic head injuries in an alleged violent assault and his life support machine was turned off the following day.

A jury heard a post mortem examination discovered Cody had suffered previous injuries including 13 broken ribs and a fractured shoulder.

Newport Crown Court heard he had so many haemorrhages to his eyes it was impossible for doctors to count them all.

Rugby player Mathew Jones, 26, (pictured with his son) of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, claimed he 'clumsily' dropped little Cody Rhys Williams-Jones, who he referred to as a 'pleb'
Mr Jones in action for Abercwmboi rugby club

Rugby player Mathew Jones, 26, (left, with his son, and right, in action for Abercwmboi rugby club) of Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, claimed he 'clumsily' dropped little Cody Rhys Williams-Jones, who he referred to as a 'pleb'

Prosecutor Paul Lewis QC said: 'Cody's injuries were as a result of deliberate violence probably in the form of both shaking and impact.

'The medical evidence is such that an accidental fall can be excluded.

'The defendant must also be responsible for causing the older injuries to his son through the use of violence.'

Jurors were told Cody was 'fine' when his mother Paula Williams, 26, left him in the care of her partner Jones on 6 December 2016 while she visited her sister nearby.

But at bedtime Jones claimed the tot 'kicked against him' and fell two to three feet from his arms onto the bed below.

Jones denies murder and manslaughter
A jury heard a post mortem examination discovered Cody (right) had suffered previous injuries including 13 broken ribs and a fractured shoulder

A jury heard a post mortem examination discovered Cody (right) had suffered previous injuries including 13 broken ribs and a fractured shoulder. Jones (left) denies murder and manslaughter

Mr Lewis said: 'He called Miss Williams screaming: 'It's the baby, I don't know what is wrong.'

'Miss Williams dashed home and found Cody appeared to be floppy. She shouted at the defendant: 'What the f*** did you do?'

A CT scan at the University Hospital of Wales showed a 'devastating picture' of bleeds and brain swelling and Cody died the following day of his injuries. 

The post mortem examination discovered a previous brain injury along with 13 broken ribs which were healing and a fractured shoulder.

Mr Lewis said: 'Cody's retinal haemorrhages were almost certainly the consequence of an impact and shaking type of head injury.

'Had Cody survived the probability is that he would have been left with severe and permanent visual impairment.

'His earlier fractured shoulder was most likely caused by forceful yanking up to six weeks before the head injury that caused his death.'

The jury was told Cody was an 'unplanned' baby and when Jones learned his partner was pregnant he wanted nothing to do with it.

But his attitude 'softened' and the couple set up home together with little Cody who was a healthy 6lb 11oz when he was born.

The court heard Jones was prone to losing his temper and WhatsApp messages he sent to Cody's mother referred to the baby as a 'pleb'.

The jury was told Cody (pictured with his son) was an 'unplanned' baby and when Jones learned his partner was pregnant he wanted nothing to do with it

The jury was told Cody (pictured with his son) was an 'unplanned' baby and when Jones learned his partner was pregnant he wanted nothing to do with it

Jones, an electrical engineer at an NHS hospital, said the use of the word was just a 'joke'.

The jury heard Jones gave family members, police and doctors different explanations about how Cody suffered his fatal head injury.

Mr Lewis told the jury: 'Jones said Cody had been fine when they were alone together but he started crying during the process of putting him to bed.

'He tried to settle him by resting him on his chest and as he reached for some teething gel and a dummy Cody fell back onto the bed.

'He said the baby bounced on the front of his head with all his bodyweight in the air. He estimated that Cody fell from a height of two to three feet.

'Jones told police that Cody was lifeless and making choking noises.'

The court heard Jones told a relative: 'I'm an idiot, I'm so clumsy,' in the hours after Cody was admitted to hospital.

The jury is due to hear Jones's 999 call asking for an ambulance to come to the family home in the Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

Richard Smith, defending, told the jury: 'Mr Jones was working very hard indeed supporting his newborn child and his partner Paula.

'He has never been in trouble with police - he is a good man, not an evil man.

'He was a good father and parent and above all else he loved Cody.'

Mr Smith said Cody was a 'strong little baby' who would push away if being held in someone's arms.

He said: 'He was a difficult and demanding baby who left his mother and father tired. He cried a great deal.' 

A fund-raising tournament was held to raise funds for the Cardiff children's hospital and the Wish Upon a Star charity at Abercwmboi rugby club, near Aberdare, where Jones is a prominent player.

Jones denies murder and manslaughter. The trial, which is expected to last four weeks, continues.

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