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Crown Seeks Minimum Non-Parole Of 17 Years For Toddler Killers

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Nia Glassie
Nia Glassie

Wellington, Feb 4 NZPA - The Crown has asked a judge to jail two brothers convicted of killing Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie for at least 17 years.

Nia died on August 3, 2007 from brain injuries after the pair kicked her in the head.

Wiremu, 19, and Michael Curtis, 22, were found guilty of murdering the Rotorua toddler in November last year.

During a four-week trial the jury was told of how Nia was subjected to horrific abuse, including being swung on a clothesline and placed in a tumble drier.

Nia's mother, Lisa Kuka, 35, was found guilty on two manslaughter charges relating to a lack of protection of and failure to seek medical help for her critically injured daughter.

Nia's cousin Michael Pearson, 20, and Michael Curtis' partner Oriwa Kemp, 18, were found not guilty of manslaughter.

They were convicted of wilful ill-treatment and various assaults on Nia.

The Crown in its submissions to Justice Judith Potter in the High Court at Rotorua today also sought a minimum sentence of 10 years for Kuka, and sentences of between two- and four-years for Pearson and Kemp.

The defence was to begin its submissions shortly.

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