6 Nov 2009

CYF welcomes guilty verdicts on baby's death

6:16 am on 6 November 2009

Child, Youth and Family says it is pleased those responsible for the death of an 11-week old baby who was starved and beaten have been held accountable for their actions.

The parents of Tahani Mahomed have been found guilty of charges relating to her death from serious head injuries on New Year's Day last year.

The jury in the High Court at Auckland on Thursday found the father, Azees Mahomed, 31, guilty of murdering his daughter and causing grievous bodily harm.

He and his wife, Tabbasum Mahomed, 26, were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life.

Child, Youth and Family says that the family was not known to it before the death but that the couple's other daughter has been in its care since her sister was hospitalised.

The officer who headed the investigation into the death, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Lynch, welcomed the guilty verdicts. The parents were the only people who could have been responsible for the injuries, he said.

The couple, who remained expressionless as the verdicts were read out, have been remanded in custody for sentencing in December.