He admits he stood on the toddler’s stomach “in frustration” after he tripped over her as she played on the floor.
A Victorian man weighing 100kg stood on a toddler’s stomach “in frustration” after he tripped over her as she played on the floor, then lied about what happened after she died, reports 9 news.
The 22-year-old, whose name is suppressed, has pleaded guilty to child homicide over the three-year-old girl’s death in 2015.
An autopsy found the girl died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen and had a ruptured liver and bleeding in both kidneys, senior crown prosecutor Kerri Judd QC told the man’s plea hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday.
UPDATE 24 February
The family of three-year-old, Bella Lawrence, wept in a Melbourne court today as the killer was sentenced to a minimum jail term of six-and-a-half years.
Justice Jane Dixon sentenced Harley Woodford, to nine years and six months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of six-and-a-half years, reports 9 news.
Justice Dixon said immaturity, an inability to manage anger, and the stresses of work and parenting had contributed to the killing, but acknowledged Woodford was remorseful.
Speaking outside court, Bella’s father Jonathan Lawrence told reporters the day had been “disgusting”.
“Today’s sentencing will never be enough to put my family at peace of what has happened,” he read from a prepared statement on Friday.
“My daughter never made it to his minimum term… which makes me sick.
“We will never see her face again, never hear her voice again and never be able to tell her we love her again.”
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