Chichester man charged over death of his two-year old son

A father from Chichester has appeared in court to answer a charge of the manslaughter of his son, aged two.

Matthew Banks, 33, of Gilbert Road, Chichester, appeared at Worthing Magistrates Court on Tuesday 8 February charged with the manslaughter of his son Leo, at the family address.

Banks did not enter a plea and the case was sent for trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, with an initial plea and case preparation hearing on 11 March.

He is currently on unconditional court bail.

Leo died at home, aged two, in February 2020, having been receiving specialist in-patient and out-patient treatment for head injuries reported in December 2017 when he was six weeks old.

The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, follows an investigation by officers from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

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