BREAKING NEWS: Goldthorpe dad gets ten years for manslaughter of baby daughter


A 32-year-old Goldthorpe man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his tiny baby daughter.

Mark Lackenby, of Coniston Drive, Bolton but originally from Goldthorpe, was handed a ten years jail term for the manslaughter of Ruby Lackenby at Sheffield Crown Court today.

Ruby’s mother, thirty-one-year-old Gemma Coates was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Ruby was five-and-a-half-weeks-old when she died in February 2011. Lackenby and Coates were arrested in July 2011 and then subsequently charged in January last year.

Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton, the senior investigating officer, said: “This is a tragic case which must have caused a great deal of anguish for the extended family of Ruby and has greatly affected the community of Goldthorpe.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Goldthorpe community for helping us.”

Full report in this week’s South Yorkshire Times