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Dad, stepmother found guilty of murdering girl, 5

2021-04-13 HKT 16:50
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  • The court heard how the girl was abused by the couple and the step-grandmother did not intervene. File photo: RTHK
    The court heard how the girl was abused by the couple and the step-grandmother did not intervene. File photo: RTHK
Violet Wong reports
A High Court jury on Tuesday convicted the father and stepmother of a five-year-old girl of murdering her in 2018.

After a 14-hour deliberation, the jury of three men and four women unanimously convicted the father of murder and reached a six-to-one guilty verdict for the stepmother.

The jurors also found the girl's step-grandmother guilty of two counts of neglect but cleared her of two counts of ill-treatment.

The court heard claims by the prosecutors that the couple had repeatedly abused the girl.

It heard how the father tossed her in the air so her head hit the ceiling.

The court was also told the step-grandmother never did anything to stop the girl from being abused.

Prosecutors said there were more than 100 wounds on the girl’s body.

The court also heard the girl’s elder brother had probably also been subject to abuse, while the stepmother’s biological daughter was not.

Justice Albert Wong has ordered that the identity of the couple and their relatives be kept confidential to protect the children.

The court will hear mitigation from the defendants on Wednesday, with sentencing expected for next Tuesday.