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Father found guilty of baby murder

Hampshire Constabulary welcomes the guilty verdict today in respect of Ross Conlin.

Following a five-week trial at Winchester Crown Court, Conlin was found guilty of murder.

He was sentenced to life and has been told he will serve a minimum of 17 years imprisonment.

Kelly-Marie Rayner was acquitted of the charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Clarke, the senior investigating officer, said:

"The trial into the death of baby Kiera Conlin has been a harrowing and difficult experience for all those involved.

We welcome this verdict and hope that Kiera's extended family have now got answers to at least some of the many questions they had around her untimely death.

Kiera's death was at the hands of a man whom she most relied and depended upon for love and the most basic care. She was abused and horrendously let down by this man - her father.

Without the abhorrent behaviour of her father, Kiera would still be alive today.

Investigations into this type of case are often extremely complex and difficult for officers, staff and the family of the deceased.

I would like thank the entire investigation team and the many medical professionals and specialists for all their hard work and dedication in bringing this case to an appropriate conclusion.

I would also like to personally thank Kiera's extended family for their understanding and patience during what must have been one of the most challenging times of their lives."


Vicky O'Hare                 11/07/2014                 879

Hazel Wills
Corporate Communications Officer - Hampshire Constabulary
Northern Area
External: 01962 871359 Internal: 631 128



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