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Man jailed for death of stepson

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/06/2017

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his 15-month-old stepson.

Troy Taylor caused fatal injuries to his partner's baby son, Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes, in 2015 and sentenced to life with a non-parole term of 17 years in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday.

"It is likely you snapped from frustration at being unable to settle Ihaka," Justice Cameron Mander said.

As part of his defence at the trial in March, Taylor tried to blame Ihaka's mother for his fatal injuries.

The Crown acknowledged the killing was a "momentary loss of temper" and that he loved the child.

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