Father on trial for murder said he never hurt his child

John Tighe denies murdering his six-month-old baby

Father on trial for murder said he never hurt his child

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A Mayo man on trial for murdering his baby son told gardaí he never hurt his child or put tissues in his mouth.

40-year-old John Tighe of Lavallyroe in Ballyhaunis denies murdering his six-month-old baby five years ago.

Six-month-old Joshua Sussbier Tighe died on June 1st 2013 and his dad John Tighe was arrested two years later for endangerment.

He acknowledged to gardaí that there was a bit of and age gap between himself and the baby's mother - he was 38 and she was 21.

He said they had been together for four and a half years - bar one break when he kicked her out and said if he had not, Joshua would still be alive.

The court heard the couple had split at the time John Tighe had baby Joshua at his home alone on the day in question.

He told gardaí he rang the emergency services when he noticed his son had gone blue and believed he had swallowed a wipe after he had left him alone to go to the bathroom.

He denied that he had put two tissues in his son's mouth.

When asked what caused Joshua's death that day, he said 'me being a f***g eejit and leaving him'.

He said he loved his boy and would never hurt him.