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Fijian woman appeals Christchurch toddler-killing conviction

April 8, 2019 12:45 pm
Shayal Upashna Sami [Source: stuff.co.nz]

A Fijian woman convicted of the manslaughter of a Christchurch toddler in her care is asking for her conviction to be overturned.

Shayal Upashna Sami, now 22, will be considered for parole from her five-year jail term in about August.

Stuff.co reports, Sami’s lawyers Jonathan Eaton QC, says if freed she will be immediately deported to Fiji.

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Eaton has asked the Court of Appeal in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday to grant her a retrial.

Sami is now a mother herself and her baby is being cared for by family in Fiji.

Sami was looking after one-year-old Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand, the daughter of a family friend, when Aaliyah was fatally injured in January 2015.


Anjani Lata, left, and Dev Chand, at the grave of their daughter, Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand [top, right] [Source: stuff.co.nz]

Eaton says there is no evidence to support the prosecution theory that Sami must have snapped and smacked the girl’s head into a flat surface.

The court reserved its decision on Sami’s appeal against her conviction and sentence.

[Source: stuff.co.nz]

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