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I am not satisfied: Moko's mum

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/06/2016
Nicola Dally-Paki © Mediaworks Nicola Dally-Paki

The mother of three-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri says "it's not good enough" the pair who killed her son weren't handed a life sentence.

Early childhood teacher Tania Shailer, 26, and David William Haerewa, 43, were each sentenced to 17 years in prison on Monday for the killing of the Taupo boy .

The pair pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month after they were initially charged with murder.

On Monday night, Moko's mother Nicola Dally-Paki told TV3's Story she couldn't accept the sentence.

"I am not satisfied by it. I will be going to every parole hearing and opposing parole every time they apply," she said.

"I want them to do life."

She said while she respected Justice Sarah Katz' decision, a harsher sentence was needed.

"It's not good enough as a mum. As Moko's mum. She could have done more. She has the power and the position," she said.

"Moko never comes back. What they did to Moko never ever changes. After 17 years he's still gone."

Ms Dally-Paki said she didn't believe the pair were remorseful and it had made her sick having to listen to her son's death described in detail in court.

She earlier made an emotional plea to the judge to hand the pair a life sentence, saying they were "monsters" who had tortured and murdered her son.

The reduction of the charges prompted protests across the country during the sentencing.

Ms Dally-Paki thanked those that had turned out.

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson on Monday took the unusual step of explaining the charges had been dropped from murder to a manslaughter plea because there was a "substantial risk" of failing to get convictions if the case had gone to a trial.

Moko Rangitoheriri © Mediaworks Moko Rangitoheriri
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