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Nia Glassie murderers appeal sentences.

Wiremu Curtis

Wiremu Curtis

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision over an appeal by Wiremu Curtis, one of two brothers found guilty of murdering Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie. Curtis and his former partner, Nia’s mother Lisa Kuka, have appealed their convictions, saying the jury should have been offered a second option of neglect rather than manslaughter.

Curtis was sentenced in the High Court at Rotorua in February to life imprisonment, with a minimum non-parole period of 17-1/2 years, for the August 2007 murder of the three-year-old. During the trial the court heard how Nia suffered months of misery. She was dropped on her head, put in a clothes dryer which was turned on, had wrestling moves performed on her and was flung off a clothesline before her short life ended at Starship Hospital in August 2007.

Nia Glassie

Nia Glassie

Prosecutors said the fatal blow was a kick delivered by one of the Curtis brothers. However, insufficient emphasis had been placed on the limited mental capacity of Wiremu Curtis, and whether he had “conscious appreciation” that his actions could lead to death, his lawyer Craig Horsley told the Court of Appeal in Wellington today.

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