15 Aug 2014

Court rejects godmother's appeal

5:27 pm on 15 August 2014

An Auckland woman who killed her one-year-old godson has had her appeal against her conviction quashed.

Mariam Filihia was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years in prison in October last year for murdering Terepo Taura-Griffiths, known as Popo.

The boy died from injuries caused when she struck his head against a hard surface in November 2011.

Filihia appealed her sentence and conviction, claiming errors in the way that her trial had been conducted.

She also said Justice Gilbert placed too much weight on Terepo's age, and too little on the reckless nature of the crime, the stress she'd been under at the time, and her lack of criminal history.

In a Court of Appeal decision released today, it concludes that no miscarriage of justice occurred and no errors made during the trial proceedings.