22 Aug 2012

Pelvic injury may have happened months before, court told

12:31 pm on 22 August 2012

A paediatric radiologist has told a court that injuries to a three-year-old could have been inflicted months before when her father is accused of doing so.

Kefu Ikamanu is on trial in the High Court at Auckland charged with murder and causing grievous bodily harm to his daughter Seini in 2010.

The Crown says Mr Ikamanu picked the girl up by her right arm, causing her shoulder to break, then threw her at a wall before stomping on her pelvis.

The accused admits injuring his daughter, but denies stomping on her and says he had no murderous intent.

Radiologist Susan Craw told the court on Tuesday that X-rays of the girl's pelvis show evidence of healing, which would not normally be present within the time when the Crown says she was injured.

Earlier in the trial, the jury was told the girl's aunt fell on her in late 2009. Dr Craw says the pelvic injuries could have been caused by that.

Meanwhile, a lesser charge against Mr Ikamanu has been dropped. The charge of injuring the child related to fractures on the girl's right shoulder.

Justice Venning told the jury on Tuesday that, based on the evidence before the court, Seini's shoulder injury most likely occurred in the course of the same incident that caused her more serious head injuries.