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BREAKING: Dad Matthew Scully-Hicks sentenced to life for murder of adopted ...

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Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years for the murder of Elsie.

He sat emotionless as the judge read out his sentence. 

Sentencing the defendant, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies said: "Elsie was aged just 18 months old when you killed her. A young, vulnerable and defenceless child.

"She had been entrusted to the care of yourself and father Craig Scully-Hicks, her adoptive fathers.

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"Shorty before 6.19pm on May 25, 2016, you inflicted injuries of such severity upon Elsie as to cause her immediate collapse and her death on May 29, 2016.”

The 31-year-old inflicted a catalogue of injuries - including bruises, a broken leg and a fall down a full flight of stairs - on Elsie in the eight months he had care of her.

She died four days after being violently shaken and sustaining a fractured skull just two weeks after being

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