20 Oct 2012

Lawyer flags appeal by child-killer

9:16 am on 20 October 2012

The lawyer representing a man sentenced to prison for throwing his daughter against a wall and stomping on her, says serious consideration is being given to appealing against one of the charges.

Kefu Ikamanu was sentenced on Friday to six years and nine months in prison for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

His daughter Seini, aged three years, was admitted to hospital in 2010 with severe injuries to her head, shoulder and pelvis. She died eight months later.

Lawyer Simon Lance said there could be grounds to appeal against the conviction for grievous bodily harm because it did not fit the facts of the case.

But he said there is no intention to appeal against the manslaughter conviction.

Ikamanu's wife, Sela, says she has forgiven him and trusts him with their children.

But Child Matters, a child violence prevention group, said it is very important Mrs Ikamanu takes the right precautions to keep their other children safe when her husband is released.