A Quebec man convicted of manslaughter of his daughter gets 60 days in jail.
You’ve read it right and on top of this ‘gentle’ sentence, the man is to serve two times per week over a period of 30 weeks, and two years of probation later on.
On May 21, 2014 the sentence was given and it went viral in the local news.
It’s the story of a father who resorted to violent corporal punishment against his own daughter instead of delivering his message to her.
The teenage girl was killed by her father and so was killed her dream of becoming a lawyer.
It started in October 2010 when Moussa Sidimétold his 13-year-old daughter Nouténé who returned home from school to clean up the kitchen. When he did not like her job and heard the girl mumbling what he believed to be an insult, he slapped her twice. The girl fell on the kitchen floor and went into a coma. The father tried to revive her and called 911. She died 2 days later in hospital.
The pathologist testified that the slaps were not hard because they did not leave a trace on the girl’s cheeks, but they caused an artery in her head to rupture and so she suffered brain hemorrhage which led to her death.
The Defence asked for a suspended sentence and a probation.
The Crown was seeking a prison sentence.
The Court Judge applied his “vast discretionary power” in delivering the sentence as given by the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010 in manslaughter cases where there are special circumstances. In the cases where parents are convicted of killing their children and which involve mitigating factors, the sentences applied range from suspended sentence to four years in prison.
The Judge considered the accused old age, good reputation and remorse in mitigating the sentence.
By: Seyada Mahmoud