Hayden Anthony Grey, 36, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years after being discovered responsible of deliberately inflicting grievous bodily hurt to 1-month-old Carter Hutton in July 2017.
A skeletal survey later confirmed 40 damaged bones in Carter’s ribs, arms, and legs.
Grey should’ve identified that his “severe assaults on Carter”, whether or not they had been a squeeze or a squeeze and a shake, or a sequence of squeezes, had modified a peaceful, contented child to a fractious child who cried rather a lot, a courtroom beforehand heard.
The kid died beneath palliative care one 12 months and sooner or later after struggling his accidents.
On Wednesday, at a Courtroom of Attraction listening to in Christchurch the place Grey’s legal professionals argued that his jail time period was “manifestly extreme”, a Crown lawyer confirmed he would’ve confronted a cost of homicide if the kid had died contained in the one-year time limitation.
However provided that Carter died 9 hours and 50 minutes after the cut-off, he may solely be charged with deliberately inflicting grievous bodily hurt.
The one-year limitation rule has since been modified.
At his enchantment listening to, Grey’s lawyer Anselm Williams accepted that though Grey was convicted of great offending “for which a severe sentence wanted to be imposed”, the sentencing decide’s place to begin was manifestly extreme and “didn’t accord with the authorities”.
Williams referred to different instances in New Zealand courts and argued that, in Grey’s state of affairs, it wasn’t one the place “excessive violence” existed.
He stated that Carter’s accidents got here because of his vulnerability as a small youngster reasonably than any excessive violence inflicted on him.
Nevertheless, Courtroom of Attraction Justices Christine French, Susan Thomas, and Jillian Mallon stated that the sufferer’s dimension and bodily state wanted to be taken under consideration, mentioning that excessive violence in the direction of a fully-grown male may be completely different to excessive violence in the direction of a small frail particular person.
Additionally they identified that it could be simpler to interrupt an grownup’s ribs than a child’s ribs.
And the Crown agreed.
The sentencing decide’s place to begin was “completely proper” and “past criticism”, Crown prosecutor Deirdre Elsmore instructed the courtroom.
She additionally confirmed that Grey would’ve been charged with homicide – not manslaughter or deliberately inflicting grievous bodily hurt – if it didn’t fall outdoors of the time limitation interval.
“The accidents that had been suffered by Carter had been excessive,” Elsmore stated.
The 12 months in hospital earlier than he died noticed him undergo painfully and terribly, which was intensely upsetting for his caregivers, the courtroom heard.
“The impression on Carter was nearly worse than loss of life for that final 12 months,” Elsmore stated.
The Courtroom of Attraction panel reserved its determination.
When Grey was sentenced on the Excessive Courtroom in Christchurch in Might 2019 by Justice Rob Osborne, the infant’s mom stated she may by no means forgive him.
“Hayden, what you probably did to my little boy has ruined my life and my household without end,” she stated.
“Life won’t ever be the identical once more.”
Her household has been left “damaged” by Grey’s “rattling stupidity” in what was each guardian’s “worst nightmare”.
– Kurt Bayer