1 Sep 2013

Guilty verdict brings sense of justice

6:09 am on 1 September 2013

The parents of a one-year-old who a jury has found was killed by his godmother say they take no pleasure in the guilty verdict.

A High Court jury in Auckland found Mariam Filihia guilty on Saturday of murdering Terepo Taura-Griffiths, known as Popo, in November 2011.

The 33-year-old was found not guilty of causing the toddler grievous bodily harm earlier that year.

In a written statement, Terepo's parents say they take no pleasure in the guilty verdict but have a sense of relief that justice has prevailed.

The family say they now hope to rebuild their lives.

Police say they are satisfied with the guilty verdict after what was a challenging investigation.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur, says the verdict means closure for the victim's family.

"With these non-accidental injuries to very young children they're always difficult, they always take time to investigate, there's always elements or medical evidence that's debated and I think this jury paid particular attention to the evidence," he says.

Mariam Filihia will be sentenced in October.