Jury shown pictures of child locked in freezer

The court was shown pictures of the injuries caused to the child

JURORS were today shown pictures of injuries to an infant alleged to have been caused by putting her arms in a freezer.

The images showed marks on various parts of the body of the four-year-old girl, allegedly caused by Stuart Kitt.

The 33-year-old went on trial today at Edinburgh Sheriff Court accused of permanently disfiguring the girl.

He is charged with dragging the girl by her ankles and placing her arms in the freezer cabinet, to her severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

He is also charged with failing to appear in court on 2 December 200 and 7 September 2010.

Kitt has pled not guilty to all the charges.

Jurors heard in a joint minute, a statement agreed between the defence and prosecution, that the pictures of the girl had been taken at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, on October 12, 2007.

One picture showed white markings on the girl’s throat.

Others showed views of her left foot, her lower back, her bottom. These were handed to jurors in a book of photographs.

As well as pictures of the girl’s injuries, jurors saw images of a Hotpoint freezer in the kitchen of a flat in the Portobello area of the city.

Jurors were told they would hear evidence from an eight and a half year old girl tomorrow (Tues).

Kitt’s defence agent, Duncan Hughes, has lodged a special defence of incrimination in relation to a crown witness in the case.

The hearing, before Sheriff MacIver, continues.