A JUDGE has jailed a dad, who lost his temper while changing his five-week-old son and broke his legs, for 22 months.

The father, then aged 25, was sentenced by Judge Andrew Jeffries QC, over an incident in Bacup.

Prosecutor Stephen Parker told an earlier hearing that the Haslingden man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had admitted to using excessive force during the incident.

He also told Burnley Crown Court then that immediate medical attention had not been sought.

The 25-year-old had originally faced three charges, one of which was inflicting grievous bodily harm on his son.

He was also accused of two offences of cruelty to a child. One covered the wilful assaulting or ill-treatment of the child and the second was a neglect allegation, covering the time during which he should have taken the baby for medical treatment.

The man pleaded guilty to ill-treatment, but denied the other two, and these pleas were ruled to be acceptable to the prosecution.

Barbara Webster, defending, said the man accepted he had lost his temper while changing the baby but had not appreciated the extent of his injuries at the time.