Little Kacey’s killer jailed for nine years

Connor Gibson, 23, has been jailed for nine years for killing two-year-old Kacey Hambleton (pictured).
Connor Gibson, 23, has been jailed for nine years for killing two-year-old Kacey Hambleton (pictured).
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A killer who shook a two-year-old girl to death has today been jailed for nine years.

Kacey Hambleton, two, was left with “car crash” injuries following the horrific incident.

Connor Gibson, 23, of Melrose Avenue, was sentenced to nine years in prison for her manslaughter at Preston Crown Court today.

He had pleaded guilty to the offence on the day he was due to stand trial.

Police were called to an address on Granby Avenue, Blackpool, at around 10am on April 10, after Kacey had been found unresponsive by paramedics.

She was initially taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but was later transferred by air ambulance to Alder Hey in a critical condition, where she died on April 12.

A post mortem established that Kacey had suffered severe head injuries, a lacerated liver, along with bruising to the lining of her stomach. There was also bruising to other parts of her body.

Speaking after the hearing today, Det Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, from the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “I welcome today’s sentence given the extensive injuries that Kacey suffered at the hands of Gibson, which sadly proved fatal.

“I’m pleased that with his guilty plea earlier this week Gibson finally admitted that he and only he was involved in Kacey’s tragic death.

“My thoughts remain with Kacey’s family and I hope today’s result will help them to start to come to terms with the most devastating loss they have suffered.”