Name suppression lifts for teen facing murder charge

February 5, 2015 | By More

High Court-panoply1An 18-year-old Fijian-Indian woman charged with the murder of one-year-old Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand pleaded not guilty in the Christchurch High Court today.

Name suppression for Shayal Upashna Sami was also lifted at the appearance.

Sami is alleged to have been babysitting the child at the time of her injuries, and with a neighbour, took her to Christchurch Hospital, where she died with her family around her.

Defence counsel Jonathon Eaton, QC, said the summary of the post mortem report said there was no dispute that there was a blunt force impact injury, but it had no view about cause, either assault or accident.

The pathologist was getting an overseas peer review and further a pathology report, Mr Eaton said.

He said Sami was pregnant and due to give birth in April, and because of the curfew was confined to the house, which could be a health risk.

Justice Cameron Mander remanded Sami to a case review hearing on May 15, and relaxed her bail curfew to 6pm to10am each night.


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