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A Queensland police officer has been sentenced to nine years’ jail for killing his baby boy.

The 10-week-old was sitting in his rocker chair on June 28, 2014 when he suffered a fatal punch from his father, Colin David Randall.

He suffered fatal injuries and couldn’t be revived, reports 9 news.

After realising the damage he had inflicted, the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday heard the former senior constable phoned his wife and said their son “had gone limp and lifeless and he was not breathing”.

It was the start of a lie that he would maintain until last month when, three days before his murder trial, he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

Justice Peter Davis delivered a scathing assessment of the 41-year-old in sentencing, saying his plea did not reflect genuine remorse.

Justice Davis said he believed the reason why Randall lied about what he had done was the same as why he finally admitted killing his son.

Justice Davis said while he accepted Randall’s decision to punch his son was spontaneous, it was “very deliberate”. “It was a forceful punch delivered to the abdomen of the baby, which pulped his liver,” he said.

The court heard there were no significant factors that led to his violent outburst. Justice Davis described the frustration he was feeling at home as “normal domestic pressures”.

He said the stress caused by his extra-marital affairs were matters of his own making, although he took into account the fact he was experiencing bullying at work.

Randall was sentenced to nine years’ jail.

Justice Davis ordered he serve five years of that behind bars, where he will remain in solitary confinement because of the dangers he faces from other prisoners as a police officer and child killer.

After time already served, he will be eligible for parole on January 30, 2021.

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  • Monsters like this need to be locked up for life and never let out. That poor defenseless baby. A parent is supposed to protect the child not harm them RIP baby boy

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  • He took a life of a defenceless child. Why should he be shown any special treatment.

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  • Why are killers not getting life anymore? A life for a life.

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  • Should have been life, he is a police officer and should be held to a higher standard

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  • How sad is this. 9 years isn’t long enough !

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  • It snot long enough. He took that baby’s life who otherwise would have probably lived a long and happy life. He should serve longer. He knew better.

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  • Punching a tiny 10 week old baby! What a hero! Such a disgusting thing to do, hope he gets justice when in prison

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  • Why put him in solitary confinement ? He deserves every thing he gets in jail. That poor defenseless little angel. ????

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  • I just cannot fathom this kind of violence.

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  • So sad that this man did such a terrible thing to his child. And he tried to cover everything up. :-(

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  • The poor little baby. It just makes me so upset and angry that people can hurt tiny innocent babies and children. This man needs to be locked away for longer. I can’t believe he was a police officer too, meant to be looking after people not inflicting such horrific crimes

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