Elsie Scully-Hicks: Baby death dad told girl to ‘shut up’

Matthew Scully-Hicks is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court
Image caption Matthew Scully-Hicks denies murder

The neighbour of a man accused of murdering his adopted baby daughter has told a court she heard him shout “shut up, shut up, shut up” at the child.

Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, denies the murder of 18-month-old Elsie, who died in May 2016 after suffering catastrophic injuries.

Cardiff Crown Court heard on Wednesday he also swore at the infant.

Neighbour Susan Bevan said Mr Scully-Hicks raised his voice and sounded “exasperated and frustrated”.

However, when asked if she felt the child was in any danger, she replied “no”, adding later she had “no reason to be worried”.

Ms Bevan, of Wellwright Road, in Cardiff lived next door to Mr Scully-Hicks and his husband Craig in a semi-detached property in the Fairwater area of the city.

Image caption The trial is taking place at Cardiff Crown Court

She told the court she knew her neighbours “just politely” and used to call them “the one that stayed at home, and the one that worked away”.

Defence barrister Jonathan Rees said Mr Scully-Hicks accepted he had raised his voice at Elsie but not that he swore.

The court heard on Tuesday Mr Scully-Hicks had referred to Elsie as “a psycho” and “Satan”.

But his husband, Craig Scully-Hicks, said their house had been “filled with love and happiness, all the time” and he was unaware of any violence.

Elsie died in the early hours of 29 May 2016, two weeks after being formally adopted.

The court has previously heard she suffered haemorrhages to her brain before her death with post-mortem examinations discovering she had also suffered broken ribs, a fractured left femur and a fractured skull.

The trial continues.

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