Parents say man jailed for bashing baby boy 'doesn't deserve to breathe'

The parents of a baby boy who was bashed and left a quadriplegic with brain damage have said the man responsible "doesn't deserve to breathe".

Elise and Barry Webber want justice for their son Bobby Webber who was left with horrific lifelong injuries when he was just seven-months-old.

On Thursday, Sydney man Andrew Nolan was sentenced to a minimum of eight and a half years after he bashed the little boy while his parents were on their honeymoon.

Elise and Barry Webber (pictured) were on their honeymoon when their baby boy was bashed. Photo: 7 News
Elise and Barry Webber (pictured) were on their honeymoon when their baby boy was bashed. Photo: 7 News

"As far as I'm concerned he doesn't deserve to breathe," Ms Webber said outside of the court.

"He doesn't deserve any of our time, any of our tears. We cry for Bobby, we don't cry for him."

District Court Judge Philip Ingram said Nolan was remorseful but knew what he was doing was wrong.

Judge Ingram said Andrew Nolan (pictured) was remorseful but very well knew what he was doing on the night. Photo: 7 News
Judge Ingram said Andrew Nolan (pictured) was remorseful but very well knew what he was doing on the night. Photo: 7 News
Bobby Webber pictured at seven-months-old and now. Photo: 7 News
Bobby Webber pictured at seven-months-old and now. Photo: 7 News

Ms Webber cried as Judge Ingram detailed the impact of the attack, which included broken ribs, skull fractures, bite marks, bloodied eyes, a fractured vertebrae, bruised genitalia and forehead wounds covered in butter.

In September 2014, Webber's had left Bobby in the care of Nolan, 24, when they left for the NSW Central Coast for their honeymoon.

Nolan was left alone with the child as his partner of 11 years, who is Bobby's maternal aunt, went to a drive-in movie.

When she returned five hours later, Nolan told her the baby had dropped a mobile phone on his head but it was nothing to worry about.

Bobby Webber was left with horrific lifelong injuries when he was just seven months old. Photo: 7 News
Bobby Webber was left with horrific lifelong injuries when he was just seven months old. Photo: 7 News

When she went to check on him, Bobby was sobbing in his sleep and limp.

While on their holiday, the Webber's received a call that Bobby was on life support.

The Webbers' say the sentence isn't enough.

"My son's got life," Ms Webber said.

Bobby was found by his aunt sobbing in his sleep and limp. Photo: 7 News
Bobby was found by his aunt sobbing in his sleep and limp. Photo: 7 News

"He'll always know what it's like to be confined to a wheelchair or a walking frame.

"He doesn't get to walk freely so neither should Andrew."

The Webbers' said it is time to move forward with Bobby - who continues to make improvements in learning to laugh, walk and talk again.

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