Killer dad who tortured son to death awaits punishment
THE wait to learn the punishment of a killer Coast dad continues as lawyers scour medical reports.
Shane Purssell Akehurst pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter and one count of torture in Brisbane Supreme Court, over the death of his son, Corby, in early 2015.
Corby had 81 injuries, among them, old rib fractures, cuts and bruises.
Akehurst punched his son in the face as he lie in bed, multiple times, in the lead-up to Corby's death in late-March.
Akehurst, frustrated with Corby's refusal to sleep, threw the 21-month-old with all his force towards the bed.
Corby's head slammed into the timber wall behind the bed and he began convulsing.
He was flown from his Kin Kin family home to hospital in Brisbane, but never recovered from the severe, traumatic brain injury and his life support was switched off a few days later.
Akehurst had been meant to be sentenced in mid-March, having pleaded guilty.
The court heard the harrowing details of the abuse Corby suffered during his short life.
Akehurst's defence barrister Rob East told the court his client had been hopeless at settling his son at night and had never bonded with Corby.
Justice Martin Burns questioned how that could've possibly explained his actions.
The court heard Akehurst suffered a brain tumour and was currently undergoing chemotherapy.
Akehurst's sentence had been delayed after Justice Burns gave lawyers on both sides time to read medical reports and make their submissions.
Akehurst had been charged with murder initially, which would've meant he faced a mandatory life sentence, but the charge was downgraded to manslaughter.
No date has been set yet to finalise Akehurst's sentence.