N.S. man sentenced to 6-1/2 years in death of baby daughter
Published Tuesday, August 7, 2012 7:04AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 7, 2012 10:47PM EDT
HALIFAX -- A 26-year-old Halifax man convicted in the death of his baby daughter has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison.
Ashiqur Rahman was found guilty in June of manslaughter and aggravated assault in the July 2009 death of seven-week-old Aurora Breakthrough.
Judge Felix Cacchione of Nova Scotia Supreme Court found that Rahman slapped, shook and tossed the infant after becoming frustrated by a series of business failures and the cries of his child.
Crown lawyer Denise Smith had argued that Rahman should receive a sentence of at least 10 years in prison because of the girl's severe injuries, as well as evidence that he committed a series of harmful acts against the child.
But defence lawyer Donald Murray said that due to the lack of obvious injuries on Aurora's body, Rahman wasn't aware his actions might cause death and should receive a lighter sentence of between five and six years in prison.
Rahman apologized to the court prior to sentencing.