Trial date set over baby’s death

April 7, 2017 | By More

October 30 has been set for the trial of a 20-year-old woman accused of murdering a one-year-old baby more than two years ago.

Shayal Upashna Sami’s trial in the High Court at Christchurch is expected to take two to three weeks.

The trial was delayed in February and the new date was set at a pre-trial callover before Justice Gerald Nation today.

Sami, a babysitter, was charged in January 2015 with the murder of Aaliyah Ashlyn Chand. Sami and a neighbour took the injured child to Christchurch Hospital where she died with her family around her. The child had died of blunt force impact injury.

Jonathan Eaton QC appeared for the defence; Deirdre Elsmore appeared for the Crown.

Sami is on bail, pending another pre-trial callover in September, and then the trial beginning in October.

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