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British woman’s father murdered her baby girl ‘because she was ginger’

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An evil grandfather murdered his five-week-old granddaughter “because she was ginger” and reminded him of the father he hated.

Mark Jones, 45, was babysitting his newborn granddaughter Amelia Jones alone when he beat her to death.

A court heard he battered little Amelia around the head so viciously her injuries were more commonly in a “car crash”.

Jones, from the UK, attacked his granddaughter during her short life because he hated her ginger-haired father.

Mark Jones killed his newborn granddaughter Amelia Rose while babysitting.

Prosecutor Paul Lewis said: “Mark Jones did not like the fact that Amelia Jones had ginger hair and looked like her father.” Amelia’s father Ian Skillern had finished the relationship with his daughter Sarah, 26, before Amelia was born.

Newport Crown Court heard Jones had pressured his daughter to end the relationship because he had an “obvious dislike” for Skillern.

Mr Lewis told the jury that just a week before Amelia’s tragic death Jones had made an “odd comment” to his daughter.

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Jones told her: “Even though I don’t like her dad, I don’t hold grudges against a baby.”

But the jury reached a unanimous decision that Jones murdered his own granddaughter because of his hatred for her father. The court heard Jones had “the sole care” of Amelia on the night of 17 November 2012 when her mother was enjoying a rare night out with her sister at the cinema.

At around 10.30pm Jones made a frantic call and told the emergency operator he had “gone to make a cuppa” when his granddaughter “stopped breathing”.

Amelia Rose was five weeks old when she was murdered.

Paramedics and police rushed to the three-bed terraced house iand found Jones in the lounge standing over the lifeless body of baby Amelia – who was lying on the floor with a fractured skull.

She was rushed to hospital where medics managed to restore her pulse.


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‘As far as I’m concerned he is no longer my father’

But after failing to get her breathing she was quickly transferred for specialist treatment where she tragically died on the afternoon of 19 November from “catastrophic brain injuries” – just 41 days into her short life.

After her death, doctors discovered Amelia had suffered multiple fractures to her ribs, legs and skull in the two weeks before her death.

Amelia’s mother Sarah was initially arrested along with her father but the court heard it soon became apparent to police she had nothing to do with her daughter’s injuries.

Sarah Jones was at the cinema when her baby girl was murdered.

In a victim impact statement to the court, Sarah Jones said: “It upsets me how little time I got to spend with Amelia.

“I feel guilty for letting Mark Jones into my life. This whole ordeal has been a nightmare I cannot escape. It seems like she didn’t really exist, like she was some kind of dream.

“There have been times when I blamed myself for what happened to Amelia, because I was the person who invited him back into my life.

“As far as I’m concerned he is no longer my father.”

The court heard Mr Jones was babysitting Amelia and her three young siblings alone on the Friday and Saturday nights before her death.

Mark Jones, 45, pictured, was babysitting newborn Amelia Jones when he battered her head and tiny body.

After his arrest he changed his story four times during police interviews conducted between November 2012 and July 2014.

At first he said Amelia had simply stopped breathing when he left her on the sofa to make a cup of tea. Jones then changed his story to claim he dropped her on the floor after tripping up on a toy penguin on the floor.

He later claimed a teenage boy visiting the house had accidentally dropped Amelia while trying to use his phone.

But when the teen told police it was a lie, Jones said he had “blacked out or fainted” while holding Amelia and had fallen to the ground on Saturday night.

Jones, of Pontnewydd, South Wales, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice but denied a charge of murder.

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Inside Usain Bolt’s Melbourne yacht party with twerking Instagram models

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Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt and his friends were joined by several bikini-clad Instagram models during a boat party in Melbourne on Monday.

The group boarded the luxury yacht at Docklands in the afternoon, and were later seen arriving at the nearby Crown Towers hotel once the sun had set.

The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel. 

Living it up! Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (pictured) and his friends were joined by several bikini-clad Instagram models during a boat party in Melbourne on Monday

Living it up! Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (pictured) and his friends were joined by several bikini-clad Instagram models during a boat party in Melbourne on Monday

Living it up! Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt (pictured) and his friends were joined by several bikini-clad Instagram models during a boat party in Melbourne on Monday

Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views. 

The rest of the party congregated around several tables at the back of the boat, where they danced provocatively and shared videos to Instagram.

A blonde woman named Katie cheered as her friend, Tanya Sarah, twerked in one video uploaded during the party. Meanwhile, another blonde appeared to rub herself against a leather chair while lifting up her dress. 

Fun in the sun: The group boarded the luxury yacht at Docklands in the afternoon, and were later seen arriving at the nearby Crown Towers hotel once the sun had set

Fun in the sun: The group boarded the luxury yacht at Docklands in the afternoon, and were later seen arriving at the nearby Crown Towers hotel once the sun had set

Fun in the sun: The group boarded the luxury yacht at Docklands in the afternoon, and were later seen arriving at the nearby Crown Towers hotel once the sun had set

Girls gone wild! The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel

Girls gone wild! The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel

Girls gone wild! The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel

Girls gone wild! The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel

Girls gone wild! The young women appeared to be having the time of their lives as they twerked, smoked cigarettes and drank champagne on the vessel

‘Working from home on a Monday,’ Usain, 33, tweeted before the party, while sharing a picture of himself waiting for the boat by the water. 

As well as alcohol, grazing boards were laid out for the party guests to enjoy. 

Rap music blasted from the speakers as the boat cruised along the modern harbour development, before later heading towards Crown Towers.

Selfie-obsessed: Two bikini-clad women snapped this mirror selfie from one of the cabins

Selfie-obsessed: Two bikini-clad women snapped this mirror selfie from one of the cabins

Selfie-obsessed: Two bikini-clad women snapped this mirror selfie from one of the cabins 

Doing for the 'gram: Usain's luxury boat was the perfect place for the women to take photos

Doing for the 'gram: Usain's luxury boat was the perfect place for the women to take photos

Doing for the 'gram: Usain's luxury boat was the perfect place for the women to take photos

Doing for the 'gram: Usain's luxury boat was the perfect place for the women to take photos

Doing for the ‘gram: Usain’s luxury boat was the perfect place for the women to take photos

Chilling out: Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views

Chilling out: Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views

Chilling out: Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views

Chilling out: Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views

Chilling out: Despite the abundance of female company, Usain mostly spent time on the front deck chatting with a male friend and taking in the spectacular views

One of the women shared footage of herself walking through the hotel with Usain and his friends, before they went their separate ways. 

‘I thought I was tall… what the hell, how tall are you?’ she asked Usain in one video, to which he replied nonchalantly, ‘Oh, nice.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Usain’s management for comment.   

Dinner is served! As well as alcohol, grazing boards were laid out for the party guests to enjoy

Dinner is served! As well as alcohol, grazing boards were laid out for the party guests to enjoy

Dinner is served! As well as alcohol, grazing boards were laid out for the party guests to enjoy 

'I thought I was tall... what the hell, how tall are you?' One of the women shared footage to Instagram of herself walking through the Crown Towers hotel with Usain and his friends

'I thought I was tall... what the hell, how tall are you?' One of the women shared footage to Instagram of herself walking through the Crown Towers hotel with Usain and his friends

'I thought I was tall... what the hell, how tall are you?' One of the women shared footage to Instagram of herself walking through the Crown Towers hotel with Usain and his friends

'I thought I was tall... what the hell, how tall are you?' One of the women shared footage to Instagram of herself walking through the Crown Towers hotel with Usain and his friends

‘I thought I was tall… what the hell, how tall are you?’ One of the women shared footage to Instagram of herself walking through the Crown Towers hotel with Usain and his friends

'Oh, nice': Usain brushed off the woman as she recorded him for her Instagram followers

'Oh, nice': Usain brushed off the woman as she recorded him for her Instagram followers

‘Oh, nice’: Usain brushed off the woman as she recorded him for her Instagram followers

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Former US president Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized on Monday for a procedure to relieve brain pressure after recent falls, The Carter Center said.

The 95-year-old ‘was admitted to Emory University Hospital this evening for a procedure to relieve pressure on his brain, caused by bleeding due to his recent falls,’ The Carter Center said in a statement, adding that the procedure would take place on Tuesday morning.

‘President Carter is resting comfortably, and his wife, Rosalynn, is with him,’ it said.

He was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October.

Carter also injured his head in a fall earlier in the month, but turned up the next day to volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity site with a black eye and a bandage covering 14 stitches.

Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October

Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October

Former US president Jimmy Carter was hospitalized for treatment after suffering a fractured pelvis due to a fall in October

Carter is the country’s oldest living president.

The procedure to relieve pressure on his brain was scheduled for Tuesday morning, the Carter Center said, adding that he was ‘resting comfortably,’ and that his wife, Rosalynn, 92, was with him.

Carter, a Democrat, was the 39th president of the United States, serving one term from 1977 until 1981. 

He was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Carter, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work, has lived longer after leaving the White House than any former president in U.S. history. 

Last week, Carter reflected on his own mortality after suffering a broken pelvis when he fell in his home on October 21.

The 39th president taught a Bible lesson on life after death at a church in his hometown of Plains, Georgia, where he has lived since leaving office in 1981.

Using a walker, the 95-year-old Democrat slowly entered the crowded sanctuary at Maranatha Baptist Church. 

‘Morning, everybody,’ he said cheerfully.

With help, Carter sat on a motorized lift chair at the front of the room to teach a 45-minute lesson based on the Old Testament book of Job.

Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on November 3

Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on November 3

Jimmy Carter taught a Bible lesson at Maranatha Baptist Church in the southwest Georgia town of Plains on November 3 

He said he was 'at ease' with the idea of dying and believes in life after death

He said he was 'at ease' with the idea of dying and believes in life after death

He said he was ‘at ease’ with the idea of dying and believes in life after death 

Referring to a cancer diagnosis that resulted in the removal of part of his liver in 2015, Carter said he was is ‘at ease’ with the idea of dying and believes in life after death. 

More than 400 people were on hand in the main hall and smaller, overflow rooms where the lesson was shown on television.

Rev. Tony Lowden said Secret Service agents, relatives and fellow church members all discouraged Carter from teaching because of the injury, but he insisted. 

‘He is pouring out that you might see Christ while he is suffering,’ Lowden told the crowd.

Carter remained for the worship service after teaching, sitting in a pew beside his wife, Rosalynn, and singing hymns with the congregation.

Referring to the former president and Jesus Christ by their initials, Lowden gave thanks for Carter in prayer.

‘The greatest thing I’ve learned as a pastor here is watching J.C. follow J.C.,’ Lowden said.

Carter said: ‘I assumed, naturally, that I was going to die very quickly,’ he said of his 2015 cancer diagnosis. 

‘I obviously prayed about it. I didn’t ask God to let me live, but I asked God to give me a proper attitude toward death. And I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death.’

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on October 21 after breaking his pelvis during a fall at his home in Georgia just weeks after a similar accident (above) left him with heavy facial bruising and 14 stitches

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on October 21 after breaking his pelvis during a fall at his home in Georgia just weeks after a similar accident (above) left him with heavy facial bruising and 14 stitches

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was hospitalized on October 21 after breaking his pelvis during a fall at his home in Georgia just weeks after a similar accident (above) left him with heavy facial bruising and 14 stitches

‘It didn’t really matter to me whether I died or lived. Except I was going to miss my family, and miss the work at the Carter Center and miss teaching your Sunday school service sometimes and so forth. All those delightful things,’ he said. 

‘I said a prayer about it I didn’t ask God to let me live, I found that I was absolutely and completely at ease with death,’ he added. 

The fall at his home on October 21st was the second time in recent weeks that the nation’s oldest living former president suffered an accident. 

A previous fall on October 6 left Carter with 14 stitches above his brow and bruising around his left eye. 

Despite that, he still showed up to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity the next day in Nashville, Tennessee. 

He used a cane when he rallied volunteers that morning.

He told the crowd of volunteers that despite going to hospital, ‘I had a number one priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses’. 

He survived a dire cancer diagnosis in 2015 and surpassed George H.W. Bush as the longest-lived U.S. president in history this spring. 

Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, also broke his hip back in May after falling in his home.    

The first accident on October 6 left Carter with 14 stitches above his brow and bruising around his left eye. He is pictured with his wife Rosalynn just one day after the earlier incident this month

The first accident on October 6 left Carter with 14 stitches above his brow and bruising around his left eye. He is pictured with his wife Rosalynn just one day after the earlier incident this month

The first accident on October 6 left Carter with 14 stitches above his brow and bruising around his left eye. He is pictured with his wife Rosalynn just one day after the earlier incident this month

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Barnaby Joyce says NSW bushfire victims were ‘most likely Greens voters’

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Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has suggested two people who died in NSW bushfires ‘most likely’ voted for the Greens.

Mr Joyce made the provocative comment while blaming the minor party for increasing the threat of bushfires.

‘I acknowledge that the two people who died were most likely people who voted for the Green party, so I am not going to start attacking them,’ he told Sky News on Tuesday.

‘That’s the last thing I want to do. What I wanted to concentrate on is the policies that we can mitigate these tragedies happening again in the future.’

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has suggested two people who died in NSW bushfires 'most likely' voted for the Greens

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has suggested two people who died in NSW bushfires 'most likely' voted for the Greens

Nationals backbencher Barnaby Joyce has suggested two people who died in NSW bushfires ‘most likely’ voted for the Greens

Mr Joyce’s comments were in relation to the tragic deaths of grandmother Vivian Chaplain, 69, and George Nole, 85, were both killed after a bushfire tore through the remote town of Wytaliba, three hours inland of Coffs Harbour, NSW.

A third victim was named as Julie Fletcher, whose remains were found in a destroyed building at Johns River, north of Taree, on Saturday afternoon. 

Mr Joyce doubled down on disputed claims the fire service had conducted insufficient hazard reduction burns this year as a result of opposition from Greens councils.

Grandmother Vivian Chaplain (pictured) and George Nole were both killed after a bushfire tore through the remote town of Wytaliba, three hours inland of Coffs Harbour, NSW

Grandmother Vivian Chaplain (pictured) and George Nole were both killed after a bushfire tore through the remote town of Wytaliba, three hours inland of Coffs Harbour, NSW

Grandmother Vivian Chaplain (pictured) and George Nole were both killed after a bushfire tore through the remote town of Wytaliba, three hours inland of Coffs Harbour, NSW

Labor frontbencher Kristina Keneally slammed his remarks during a Senate estimates hearing.

‘How does he know who they voted for and why does it matter? They’re dead; they died in a bushfire. Isn’t that enough?’ Senator Keneally said.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale also blasted Mr Joyce, tweeting: ‘How low can you go? Why does it matter who the victims of this terrible fire voted for?’

‘Stop trying to shift blame and distract from your government’s failures to address the climate crisis, and remember: the first duty of a government is to look after its people.’ 

Despite raising policy suggestions of his own while the bushfires continued to burn, Mr Joyce criticised Greens MP Adam Bandt for demanding an end to coal production.

‘To make these spurious links – that a policy change would have stopped the fire – is so insulting and just completely beyond the pale,’ Mr Joyce said.

‘Because people think, well, maybe if that was the truth I wouldn’t be burnt, maybe if that’s the truth a good friend of mine would not be dead.

‘And you can’t do that Adam, you just can’t do stuff like that.’

His comments are the latest escalation in an increasingly bitter stoush between the Nationals and Greens over the cause of the bushfires.

On Monday, Nationals leader Michael McCormack attacked ‘raving inner-city lunatics’ for linking climate change to the fires.

In return, the Greens labelled the deputy prime minister a ‘dangerous fool’ who was putting lives at risk.

Greens senator Jordon Steele-John branded major party politicians ‘arsonists’ for supporting the coal industry.

His incendiary spray on climate policy came as catastrophic fire conditions gripped NSW.

‘You are no better than a bunch of arsonists – borderline arsonists – and you should be ashamed,’ Senator Steele-John told the chamber on Tuesday.

 

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