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Father Of Toddler's Killers Jailed For Assault

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Nia Glassie
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Wellington, Feb 13 NZPA - A man whose two sons are serving life terms for the murder of Rotorua three-year-old Nia Glassie was today sentenced to four years imprisonment for abusing the toddler.

The sentence was imposed on William Curtis at Rotorua District Court this morning after he was found guilty of eight assault charges last December.

Curtis's sons Wiremu and Michael were last week jailed with minimum non-parole terms of 17 years for killing the toddler who suffered months of torment at their hands.

The toddler's mother, Lisa Kuka, was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of manslaughter.

William Curtis' abuse included wrapping a scarf around the toddler's neck and lifting her off the ground until her face went purple.

Evidence was given that he smacked the child on numerous occasions and pushed her over.

Judge Phillip Cooper told Curtis that Nia was "defenceless and vulnerable" at the time of the assaults.

Outside court, his lawyer Harry Edward (correct) said it was two years since the abuse first came to the notice of authorities.

"This is the final chapter in a very sorry saga," he said.

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