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Man Sentenced to 13 years for Murder of Baby Hunter McGleeson

Man sentenced to at least 13 years for 2019 murder.
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A 34-year old man was sentenced to at least 13 years in prison for the murder of baby Hunter Gleeson in November 2019. 

Sharyar Ali, who has an address at ​​ Westenra Terrace in Monaghan,  was sentenced at Newry Crown Court. 

The Belfast Telegraph reported that little Hunter had been left in Ali’s care while his mother, Nicole McGleeson, was visiting a sick relative. 

Ali had claimed that the little boy had sustained head injuries from a fall, but later admitted to killing him. 

Detective Inspector Mark Gibson said Hunter had sustained “serious injuries”. 

The court heard that the child’s mother returned home in the early hours of the morning with her sister but was unable to gain access to the residence. 

The next day Ali drove the baby’s dead body to the house where the child’s mother was staying, maintaining he was sleeping. 

Baby Hunter had suffered “blunt trauma to the head”.

Speaking after the sentencing, Hunter’s aunt Coleen McGleenon said: “This monster who murdered a defenceless baby will, at some point, get to go on to live his life whilst we will continue to grieve and struggle with ours.”

“No amount of time will make up for what our family have lost – not being able to see baby Hunter take his first steps, say his first words, celebrate his first birthday, or grow and develop in life.

“We have been robbed of life’s precious gift.

“That monster has taken everything from us.

“We love and miss you Hunter, more than any words could say.”

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