Father 'threw daughter at wall and stomped on her'
Updated at 3:44 pm on 8 August 2012
The lawyer representing a man accused of murdering his three-year-old daughter says his client admits causing most of the fatal injuries, but did not intend for her to die.
Kefu Ikamanu is charged in the High Court at Auckland with the murder of Seina Ikamanu and also with two counts of injury.
The Crown opened its case by saying Mr Ikamanu was resentful, frustrated, and angry with Seina when he caused the fatal injuries at their North Shore home in March 2010.
The Crown says he murdered the girl by throwing her against a wall and stomping on her.
Simon Lance says his client admits breaking the three-year old's shoulder, and says she did hit the wall, but both acts were accidental.
Mr Lance says Mr Ikamanu rejects the accusation that he stomped on the toddler.
Crown Prosecutor Phil Hamlin says the accused was looking after the girl and her younger sibling when Seina sustained the injuries.
Mr Hamlin says Mr Ikamanu lifted and pulled the toddler by her right arm, causing her shoulder to break, then threw her against a wall and violently stomped on her as she lay on the floor.
He says that when she got home from work the child's mother took her to hospital because she was not breathing properly, and doctors found she had a broken right shoulder and a crushed pelvis.
Mr Hamlin says it is likely the injuries were caused the same day she was thrown at the wall.
Seina died in hospital from head injuries eight months later.
The trial is set down for three weeks.
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