Man to stand trial accused of putting baby in tumble dryer and switching it on

The hearing took place at Sundee Sheriff Court
The hearing took place at Sundee Sheriff Court

A man accused of “endangering the life” of a 13-month-old girl by putting her in a tumble dryer and turning the machine on was ordered to stand trial.

Thomas Dunn appeared in the dock today accused of assaulting the baby to her severe injury and to the danger of her life twice in the space of three weeks last winter.

Dunn is further alleged to have repeatedly assaulted another baby over the course of almost three years by putting his hand over the boy’s mouth and nose and pinching it, restricting his breathing.

He faced a total of four charges at a pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court.

It is first alleged that on various occasions between April 2015 and January 2018 he assaulted the first child, from birth to the age of 33 months, by pinching his nose and restricting his breathing.

Then, on an occasion between December 28 2017 and January 8 this year, it is alleged that he assaulted the girl, then aged 13 months.

Prosecutors allege that he placed the tot in a tumble dryer and closed the door, causing the machine to activate and the inner drum to rotate to the girl’s severe injury and the danger of her life.

A third charge alleges that between those days Dunn assaulted the same girl by placing his hand over her mouth and restricting her breathing.

Dunn is finally alleged to have again assaulted the girl to her severe injury and the danger of her life on January 8 2018.

He is said to have repeatedly struck her on the head and body, repeatedly struck her against an unknown object or objects and bit her on the arm.

Dunn, 25, of Hamilton, pled not guilty during a brief pre-trial hearing at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Defence advocate Michael Anderson said: “The position is that a medical expert is being instructed.

“I’d ask a trial be fixed but on a date allowing time for that work to be carried out.

“There has been discussion about the agreement of evidence as well.”

Sheriff Tom Hughes fixed a trial date for June 4 and released Dunn on bail meantime.