30 Oct 2013

Child killer ordered to serve minimum jail term

7:06 pm on 30 October 2013

A man jailed for killing his three-year-old daughter has had an appeal against one of his convictions dismissed and been ordered to serve a minimum term in prison.

Kefu Ikamanu was jailed for six years and nine months in 2012 after being found guilty of manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm.

Ikamanu's daughter, Seini, died eight months after being admitted to hospital in 2010 with severe injuries after being thrown against a wall and stomped on.

Ikamanu appealed against the grievous bodily harm conviction - but that was rejected - and the length of his sentence.

The Solicitor-General also appealed against the sentence, saying it was too low and the discounts were too generous.

In a decision released on Wednesday the Court of Appeal agreed with the Crown, saying a minimum sentence should have been imposed.

The court ordered Ikamanu to serve a minimum term of half of his six-year, nine-month sentence.