Moko’s other killer now appealing sentence

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A man jailed for 17 years over the death of three-year-old Taupo boy Moko Rangitoheriri is appealing his sentence.

David Haerewa, 43, filed papers with the Court of Appeal on Friday, following his co-convicted partner Tania Shailer’s appeal earlier last week.

Shailer, 26, and Haerewa were last month both jailed for 17 years after Moko died while in their care.

What a disgusting way to phrase that.

The pair were jailed having pleaded guilty to manslaughter – they had originally been charged with the boy’s murder.

However, following the sentence, the Crown took the unusual step to explain their decisions, saying they would have rather secured a conviction than risk a trial.

That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have appealed had they had been convicted for murder.  Tania is claiming Moko’s bad behaviour as a three year old drove her to eventually taking his life, and this was not used as a mitigating factor in the sentencing, which she considers excessive.

The public will be quite interested in David’s reasoning why he had to kill Moko.

Perhaps it was in self defense?

Moko Rangitoheriri

Moko Rangitoheriri

 

– NZN via Newshub


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