Man guilty of manslaughter of daughter
Fri, 24 Aug 2012 2:52p.m.
A 29-year-old North Shore man has been found not guilty of murdering his three-year-old daughter but guilty of her manslaughter.
Kefu Ikamanu was found guilty of the manslaughter of his daughter Seini Ikamanu by a jury at the High Court in Auckland, which had been deliberating since about 11.15am on Thursday.
He was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm.
Seini was taken to hospital in March 2010, 21 days before her third birthday, with serious head injuries, a fractured shoulder, a crushed pelvis and bruising across her body.
Seini never recovered from her injuries and died in Starship Hospital eight months later.
Crown prosecutor Phil Hamlin argued at the beginning of the trial that she suffered her injuries after Ikamanu violently pulled her arm, threw her against something very hard, like a wall, and stomped on her.
Seini had lived in Tonga with her grandparents for much of her life and had only been living in New Zealand with her parents a few weeks when she was injured, Mr Hamlin said.
Defence lawyer Simon Lance said Ikamanu did not have murderous intent and did not stomp on his daughter.
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