16 Oct 2008

Pair seek reduced sentences over toddler shooting

9:14 pm on 16 October 2008

Two men jailed for seven years over the shooting of the Wanganui toddler Jhia Te Tua have asked the Court of Appeal to reduce their sentences.

The toddler was killed in a drive-by shooting at her parents' home on 5 May last year.

A four-year minimum non-parole term was imposed on James Challis and Tyrone Box at the High Court in Wellington after they pleaded guilty to manslaughter and being part of an organised criminal group.

Their lawyer says while they knew there was a firearm in the car they were travelling in, they may not have known it was going to be actually used.

However, the Crown says the sentencing judge was right to impose the four-year minimum non-parole term.

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.