Man who killed his baby son by jumping from bridge sentenced

A man who plunged into a Queensland river cradling his baby son has been sentenced to seven-a-half-years’ jail for killing the infant.

David Paul Fisher, 42, pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s Supreme Court on Monday to manslaughter.

Fisher is alleged to have left his Brisbane home with the child in a pram and walked to a pedestrian bridge at the Logan River Parklands in June 2012.


The father then jumped from the bridge with his 7-month old son in his arms, before swimming to surface, leaving the infant in the water.

Fisher will be eligible for parole after three-and-a-half years which, considering time already spent in custody, means he could be released before the end of the year.