A MAN has been jailed for seven years for a sickening assault on a three year old.
Kyle Smith, 20, showed no emotion as he was handed down the extended sentence which was imposed upon him at Preston Crown Court.
Smith always denied the allegation he deliberately caused the injuries to the youngster.
But medical experts concluded the child had non-accidental injuries to his arms, face and body.
The youngster was left with fractures to his arms and bleeding to the membrane of his brain.
Smith pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and cruelty to a child.
But the jury found him guilty following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
Judge Badley, sentencing, said: “The precise circumstances that led to the injuries are not known but the jury concluded that you injured this child deliberately and you intended to cause grievous bodily harm.
“The evidence from Dr Wild is that very considerable force was applied to the arms with a twisting, bending motion.
“In my opinion there is a significant risk to the public of personal injury caused by you committing further offences.
“This was a sustained attacked.”
The court heard the child has made a good recovery from his injuries.
Judge Badley said: “The ongoing effects on (the victim) fortunately is not as severe as it could have been.
“There is the possibility of psychological damage.”
Smith will serve at least half the sentence and be on licence for a further four years following his release.