A THUG who repeatedly punched a woman while she held their seven-week-old baby has been convicted.

Daniel Fitzsimons showed little emotion as a jury at Oxford Crown Court found him unanimously guilty of wounding with intent and cruelty to a child yesterday.

The 33-year-old of no fixed abode was cleared of another count of affray.

During the trial which began last week jurors were told that the incident of domestic violence took place on December 22 last year.

READ AGAIN: The opening of the case last week.

The victim was on her sofa with her seven-week old baby when Fitzsimons approached her.

Fitzsimons became 'increasingly angry', the jury heard, as a row ensued and he proceeded to 'repeatedly' strike her.

In a police statement she made at the time the woman said Fitzsimons had accused her of cheating on him.

She said that she told him what he wanted to hear just to make the violence stop.

Prosecutors said that she was 'absolutely terrified' during her ordeal and jurors were shown a blood-stained baby grow which the child was wearing at the time.

Fitzsimons, who has a string of previous convictions including for violence, had denied the charges.

READ AGAIN: His defence as he took to the stand.

From the witness box he said he had slapped her after she spat at him.

After four hour and 23 minutes of deliberations jurors returned guilty verdict to the violence but not guilty to a charge of affray relating to when officers showed up to arrest him.

He will be sentenced at the same court on September 27.