Malta -- Nigerian Akande Williams, a former Maltese Mqabba FC footballer (23), was allowed bail on a deposit of €5,000 (N1,023,530) and a personal guarantee of €15,000 (N3,070,590). He is facing attempted murder charges of a baby, the son of his partner.
Maleek Olowoshile, just over one year old, was violently shaken by Williams, the prosecution says. The incident took place last month in the Mellieha apartment where Williams and his partner lived, while the mother, also Nigerian, was at work.
The baby ended with broken ribs and bleeding after he was violently shaken and is still in the intensive care unit at Mater Dei Hospital. The baby was admitted to hospital, vomiting and repeatedly soiling his nappy.
Williams had for some reason shaken the baby boy to stop him having fits, according to what he said. Dr Mario Scerri said Williams had told him the baby bit his finger, but tests showed nothing to indicate this.
The court has previously heard that the baby boy was admitted to hospital twice. The first time was on April 5, when he suffered a fit and also had a scratch on its chest, and the second time was April 15, when the baby was unconscious and unresponsive.
The doctor handling the case said that when the baby was first admitted, the mother had said that he had suffered a fit and was also vomiting and had diarrhoea. An MRI scan revealed bleeding on the brain. The child was discharged after a week. A few days later, the baby was back in hospital. The mother had reported that while at work, her partner had called her saying that the baby was cold and stiff. In hospital, the CT scan showed blood in the brain and that the brain had been starved of oxygen. There was also a cerebral hematoma and brain surgery was performed immediately.
The injuries, the doctor said, were compatible with shaken baby syndrome.She said that although it was still early, it appeared that the baby had suffered permanent brain damage.
The court heard that the accused was the partner of the baby's mother. The woman is now pregnant with his child.