A father accused of killing his 23-day-old daughter following alleged assaults has appeared in court.
Mikayla Haining died on June 8 last year in a flat in Inverness and her father, 20-year-old Thomas Haining, appeared in the dock at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.
He is charged with repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to her head and body ‘by means to the prosecutor unknown’ in the Hilton area of the city, resulting in her death.
Mikayla Haining (pictured) was allegedly assaulted by her father from the day she was born until he injured her so severely that she died
It is alleged he assaulted Mikayla repeatedly from the day she was born to the day she died and that she was so severely injured she died.
He is accused of murdering the baby at her home in Mackay Road, Inverness, last year, which he denies.
Shelagh McCall QC, representing Haining, told the court there was a problem obtaining expert medical witnesses for the defence.
She said: ‘There is a dearth of experts for this kind of case in Scotland and those there are have been snapped up by the Crown.’
The QC told the court she has now instructed medical experts from London. Judge Lady Rae continued the case until February 8 next year. A trial diet is expected to be allocated then.
Haining, whose address was given as High Street, Grantown-on-Spey, had paid tribute to his daughter on social media following the tragedy.
Originally from Ardgour in the Morvern area, he had lived in the flat with Mikayla’s mother, Shannon Davies. After the death, detectives sealed off the flat on Mackay Road.
Forensic officers were seen going in and out of the property. A large blue tarpaulin was suspended from a balcony above the maisonette flat
Police initially treated the death as ‘unexplained’ before later describing it as ‘suspicious’.
In the weeks afterwards detectives carried out door-to-door inquires in the block of flats.
Forensic officers were seen going in and out of the property. A large blue tarpaulin was suspended from a balcony above the maisonette flat covering the windows while officers worked at the scene as uniformed police stood guard at the front door.
Shelagh McCall QC entered a not guilty plea on Haining’s behalf when he appeared in the dock yesterday.