Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dad gets 18 years in prison for stabbing death of 2-year-old daughter (Sydney, Australia)

Dad is identified as FARDEN FAZAH.

Sydney father receives 18-year jail sentence for stabbing murder of his two-year-old daughter

By court reporter Jamelle Wells

Updated Thu 13 Mar 2014, 4:15pm AEDT

A Sydney man who stabbed his two-year-old daughter to death has been jailed for at least 18 years.

After an argument on New Year's Day in 2011, Farden Fazah stabbed his wife Rasa 12 times in the stairwell of their unit in Canley Vale, in Sydney's west.

She sustained injuires to her face, hands and body.

Fazah, 25, then went into their unit and stabbed their daughter to death.

He pleaded guilty to his daughter's murder and to one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm for the attack on his wife.

In his judgment Justice Peter Hidden said Fazah's actions were "spontaneous" on the day but he had a history of controlling behaviour towards his wife.

He stopped her having her own money and from going shopping on her own.

Justice Hidden said Rasa's mother, who lives in Afghanistan, told her daughter to stay with Fazah and "be an obedient wife".

The judge said Fazah grew up in Kabul and suffered a post-traumatic stress disorder after he was held as a prisoner by the Taliban.

However the offender had entered an early guilty plea and had reasonable prospects of rehabilitation.

Fazah will be eligible for parole in 2030.