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Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burglary

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  1. Rob Cypher
    A burglar has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a 10-month-old baby boy during a break-in.

    Crystal meth addict Harley Hicks used an improvised baton made of copper wire and tape to bludgeon 10-month-old Zayden Veal-Whitting to death as he lay sleeping in his cot.

    Hicks, 21, tried to blame his twin brother for the crime but was found guilty and will spend at least 32 years in jail.

    He was also sentenced for burglary and theft.

    Sentencing him, a judge said: “It is almost unthinkable that any human being could have carried out the sickening crime that you have committed. What you did was totally and utterly evil."

    Zayden's mother Casey Veal told the Herald Sun she was relieved that justice had been done but that she would be living with her own "sentence" forever.

    She discovered Zayden in his cot lying strangely with his blanket over his face and his teddy missing at her home in Long Gully, Australia, on June 15, 2012.

    When she pulled back the blanket she discovered her baby had suffered horrific facial injuries.

    The court heard he had been hit at least 25 times.

    Hicks had smoked crystal meth, cannabis and drunk alcohol but gave no reason to police as to why he carried out the attack when interviewed by police.

    The court heard he was a career criminal who had first started offending aged 14.

    Initially, he denied having anything to do with the crime and tried to blame an associate.

    Then at the start of the trial he switched his defence case and claimed he had been out burgling with his twin brother Ashley on the night in question.

    But DNA evidence proved crucial and Hicks was convicted by a jury.

    Steve Robson
    Daily Mirror
    June 13, 2014

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/evil-burglar-jailed-life-beating-3685930#ixzz34WrODizu

Comments

  1. Crystal_Queen
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    Try not to post so many articles about terrible crimes/murders and then one
    line saying "he was also on drugs". His drug use isn't even mentioned as a reason for the crime, only that he had used.
  2. dr ACE
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    that is a most heinous crime, sick shit man
  3. crossbowhunter49
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    This is a real life MONSTER & he deserves to be put to death for such a murder of a little angel he now has innocent blood on his hands for ever & his final judgement will not take place in a court room How could even a meth head beat a helpless 10 month old baby to death this is what keeps me up at night & He WILL NOT FAIR WELL IN PRISON BEING A BABY KILLER he has a target on his head & some other inmate will collect it . Our prayers go out for the family of the little baby & the loss this is PURE EVIL & i hope that MONSTER gets what he really deserves very slowly
  4. Alien Sex Fiend
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    This is sick. No alcohol, no meth , no whatever can be an answer to this medieval act. You dose your kids with adderal, its pretty much meth. This person is psycho
  5. justhowsherolls
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    I completely agree with Crossbow and ASF. I've been around a lot of drinkers, a lot of smokers and a lot of meth addicts. I've even been around people using all three substances. Only a textbook sociopath would be able to carry out such a heinous crime, without the conscience to admit guilt, and continue to blame others throughout. Wow.
  6. orogomogopogo
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    It's times like this that I wish capital punishment was law. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. These kinds of stories make vomit swell in my stomach. People who hurt children are the WORST kind of criminal/lunatic.
  7. Virtual-Insanity
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    fattest meth addict I've ever seen.
  8. Stickemupz
    Re: Crystal meth addict given life sentence for beating baby to death during a burgla

    Yes and No; A Real life monster for sure, but put to death? In Australia there's no death penalty, and this is a popular ideal here for good reason I believe.

    Do keep in mind this sick fuck will either..

    a)Spend every day being beaten, robbed, stood-over, stabbed and raped in multiple forms if in a General Public unit in Prison, Those who hurt children can be treated VERY harshly with by other prisoners; as an in-house accepted moral stance. Though if that happens enough he goes to (b)...
    b)Go to the dog-box (protective security) and stay in isolation for his entire sentence, only talking to 5-6 people who all despise him.
    c)Kill himself, filled likely only with regret and self hatred.

    possibly in that order too...

    what's really a better punishment?

    and meth, alcohol, cannabis, whatever, no excuse. This is a heinous act beyond belief.
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