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A father-of-two who killed his baby son claimed to family members it was actually the boy's mother and he was trying to protect her.
Evander Wilson was jailed for eight-and-a-half years on Tuesday after fatally shaking his baby son Jakobi in April last year.
The seven-month-old boy had started crying after Wilson assaulted his then partner, the 18-year-old mother of his two young children.
Jakobi was born prematurely only 10 months after his big sister and spent the first three months of his life in hospital in Melbourne.
He had returned home to Mildura with his family just four months before his death.
Wilson had become frustrated over a mix-up in a pizza delivery order and took out that anger on his partner.
He punched her as she held their young son. Fearing more violence, she put the baby in his car seat in front of the television before Wilson dragged her by the hair and repeatedly punched her.
Wilson was still frustrated when Jakobi started to cry.
He picked up the baby, and shook and bounced him, failing to support the boy's head which flopped around.
Justice Elizabeth Hollingworth described Wilson's actions as spontaneous and noted after the boy went limp he made genuine efforts to help him.
Prosecutor Neil Hutton had said Wilson hugged the boy and told him "Daddy's sorry".
While Justice Hollingworth accepted that Wilson was remorseful, noting his guilty plea to manslaughter and ongoing nightmares over what happened, she acknowledged that hadn't always been the case.
Between April and June he told family and others that his partner had killed Jakobi by dropping him, and he was taking responsibility to stop her from going to prison.
He also sent his former partner abusive messages, threatening violence when he got out of prison.
"Your behaviour and making those statements and threats was cowardly, and disgusting and inconsistent with any genuine remorse at that particular time," Justice Hollingworth said.
She said the young mother, just 18 at the time, had her dream of a happy family torn away from her.
The judge said the young woman blamed herself for not leaving the violent relationship sooner, while heartbroken and angry family members have said they wished they could have done more to help her escape Wilson's violence.
She said Wilson's teenage years had been marked by drug use, inconsistent schooling and homelessness.
He had begun using cannabis at nine after being exposed in utero, began drinking at 10 and took up ice at 15. He was using heavily at the time.
Justice Hollingworth said Wilson would benefit from a lengthy period on parole, if it was to be granted by the parole board.
He'll have to serve at least another four years before he's eligible.