Another name for New Zealand’s wall of shame: Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa


Another case of SOCKs…

A Wellington man has admitted killing a 6-month-old baby girl who suffered head injuries as severe as a high-speed car crash could inflict.

Gracie May McSorley died in July last year after her mother’s desperate attempts at CPR were unsuccessful.

In the High Court at Wellington today, Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa, 32, pleaded guilty today to a charge of manslaughter.

Gracie died from severe head injuries police said at the time were “inconsistent” with claims she had an accidental fall.

Kereopa initially appeared in court charged with assaulting a child before that was upgraded to murder. Today, the Crown laid the new charge of manslaughter.

Justice Rebecca Ellis convicted Kereopa and gave him his first warning under three-strikes legislation.

Another case where manslaughter is taken because murder is too hard to prove.  On the good side, both have the same minimum sentence.

An “alert, happy and healthy” Gracie was left alone with Kereopa on July 6 when her mother left to collect an older sibling, police said.

When her mother returned to their Kapiti Coast property 45 minutes later she was “very unwell”.Gracie became unresponsive and an ambulance was called. Her mother performed CPR as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Gracie was then air-lifted to Wellington Hospital, and put on life support. However, she died the next day.

Police said her injuries were “inconsistent with Kereopa’s claims of an accidental fall”.

Injuries consistent with a  high speed car crash.

What sort of person, what sort of man beats a helpless baby to death?

Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa via Stuff

Michael Te Kouarehu Kereopa via Stuff


– NZ Herald

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