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Grandmother blames three-year old for the death of his cousin.

Just when you think you’ve heard ’em all; we have the story of grandmother Joanne Jasmine Tahuri, 57, of Marton, who is charged with the murder of her grand-daughter Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright, claiming that Cherish’s three-year old cousin caused the injuries that lead to her death.

Tahuri also tried to excuse the severe bruising found on Cherish’s body by claiming that Cherish was clumsy and would regularly walk into doors or fall over.

Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright

Cousin hit Cherish, jurors told.

A three-year-old was partly responsible for the death of his cousin Cherishsiliala Tahuri-Wright, a lawyer for their grandmother will argue. The murder trial of Joanne Jasmine Tahuri, 57, of Marton, began in the High Court at Whanganui yesterday, before Justice Warwick Gendall.

Tahuri is charged with the murder of Cherish, 3. The Porirua child died of head injuries in Wellington Hospital on February 19 last year. Crown prosecutor Ben Vanderkolk said Cherish had been staying in Marton with her grandmother, cousin and her grandmother’s partner Alan Kemp Hunia, 51, at the time of her death.

Despite Cherish taking a fall at a playground three days before receiving her injuries, she was seen to be well shortly before her rapid decline in health, Mr Vanderkolk said. “It was a descent into unconsciousness and ultimately death”. The jury would hear how Cherish was sick, struggling to breathe, with clammy skin, an erratic pulse and blood coming from her mouth, Mr Vanderkolk said.

Joanne Tahuri

A neighbor also saw bruising on Cherish’s face, he said. “When she confronts the accused and asked how the bruising occurred, she is told [the cousin] did that”. But the blunt force needed to cause Cherish’s subdural haematoma required a fall of several meters and could not have been caused by another three-year-old, Mr Vanderkolk said.

Full article here.

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