28 Oct 2009

Man appealing conviction over girl's murder

6:23 pm on 28 October 2009

A man convicted of murdering a Wanganui toddler is appealing against his conviction.

Karl Check was one of three men found guilty of murdering Jhia Te Tua in May last year.

Check was described during his High Court trial in Wellington as the person who planned the shooting and ordered a Mongrel Mob gang prospect to carry it out.

The shooting was in apparent retaliation for an earlier attack carried out by Jhia Te Tua's father, a Black Power member.

Check was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 15 years for the murder.

The judges reviewing the case have reserved their decision.