A babysitter who battered a two-year-old girl so ‘ferociously’ she looked as though she had been in a 70kmh car crash has been jailed for 14 years.
Nisar Ali, 34, beat and shook the youngster in a fit of ‘inhumane rage’ after her mother asked him to watch her for just 10 minutes on January 11.
The father-of-two left her with 30 injuries, including a fractured skull and a brain bleed, which the judge said was tantamount to being in a motorway car crash or falling from a second-floor window.
Despite emergency surgery after the brutal attack, the little girl has been left permanently brain damaged and disabled for the rest of her life.
Unable to see out of one eye and with no movement on her left side, the judge added she ‘looks like she has had a stroke’.
Sentencing him Judge Tina Landale said: ‘This is a grave crime, the evidence which the jury heard provided a chilling insight into your character and sense of morality and humanity.
‘Before this incident, the child you injured was a very bright, delightful, happy child with all of her future ahead of her.
‘It must have been a ferocious assault on a defenseless two-year-old child.
‘You have a short temper, you don’t tolerate independence of mind, you have strict ideas about how children should be brought up.’
A jury heard how Ali lost his temper with the toddler after picking her up from her mother’s house and taking her to a park.
He then took her to his parents’ home nearby and carried out the vicious assault.
Realising she had been severely injured, he drove her back to her mother’s house where she collapsed.
She was rushed to the Royal Children’s Hospital for an emergency operation to remove part of her skull to relieve pressure from her brain.
Ali, who will be released on license in 2036, claimed to know nothing about how she came to be injured and pleaded ignorance when the youngster started groaning.
Judge Landale added: ‘Your defense was that you had not caused any injury and had no knowledge how she came to be so gravely ill – but the evidence in the trial showed you to be a manipulative man.
‘It may never be known what you did to her but something happened at the park when you took her there. You were away from the mother for a period of 10 minutes.
‘The child suffered 30 deliberate injuries, three were life threatening head injuries, a fractured skull, the force required would be consistent with a fall from a second story building.
‘She was also shaken so badly her injuries were equivalent to a car accident at 70kmh.
‘She became immediately unwell, in an act of cold calculation and self preservation you chose not to tell her mother, you drove her back and left her there.
‘When the mother became aware that she was making groaning noises you pretended not to know why. You displayed no concern for the child in the aftermath.’
A victim impact statement from the girl’s father revealed the devastating impact the attack has had on her family.
The businessman said: ‘Words cannot describe what I’ve been put through by this one inhumane person.
‘The January 11 is one date I will never forget. At 5.35pm when my ex-wife called me to say my little girl was not breathing.
‘My daughter was lying there lifeless I couldn’t believe my eyes. The nurse said she was very critical and by the time I came back she might not be here.
‘Seeing her like that was heartbreaking. Her sister has been mentally traumatised and asks when she will be normal.
‘My daughter will never be the same, the actions of this one inhumane person has caused my daughter her future.
‘I will do my best to give to her what’s been selfishly taken from her. Mr Ali will be out of prison one day but my daughter still needs a head operation.
‘No sentence can justify what’s happened regardless of the length.’
He added that although she ‘has done better than expected’ she still has to wear a helmet and has restricted sight and movement in her left side.
Judge Landale finished by saying: ‘She will never achieve her potential she would have had without the head injury.
‘You have deprived her and her family of the future they were hoping for her. It also harmed many others – her family are left to grieve for the child they knew.
‘You have shown no remorse, this was a pattern that was going throughout the day.
‘You have a vicious streak, and you have an explosive temper and you quickly lose control of yourself.
‘You demonstrated extreme violence towards the child and you are a dangerous offender who poses a significant risk of causing serious harm to others.’
The girl’s mother, 35, was acquitted of causing or allowing serious harm to a child at a previous court hearing.