Dad gets two months in jail for slap that killed daughter
Moussa Sidime, centre, is pictured at the Longueuil, Que., courthouse in this Feb. 11, 2014 file photo. (JEAN LARAMÉE/QMI AGENCY)
LONGUEUIL, Que. — A father will serve 60 days in jail for a slap that killed his teenage daughter.
Moussa Sidime, 74, says he just wanted to correct 13-year-old Noutene for doing a bad job of washing the kitchen floor.
Judge Richard Marleau decided Wednesday that two months in jail was sufficient, citing Sidime's remorse and clean criminal record.
The defendant had pleaded guilty last June to involuntary manslaughter for the attack that sent his daughter tumbling to the ground in their home in October 2010.
The court heard that the teen was struck at least three times.
A police officer testified that Sidime had called 911 to say that he had slapped his daughter and that she was bleeding from the nose and mouth.
Officers arrived at the home and found Noutene unconscious on the kitchen floor.
She died later in hospital.
The court heard that there were no external signs of violence but that there was hemorrhaging in her brain and her liver.
The defence had suggested a suspended sentence. The Crown wanted Sidime to serve two years in prison.
Judge Richard Marleau finally sentenced Sidime to two months in jail, citing mitigating factors including his clean criminal record and remorse.
He had broken down in court in February, telling his sentencing hearing that it was the first time he had ever slapped his daughter.
"If I had known one slap would kill her ... I can't believe it could be fatal," he told the court, sobbing.
"(She was) the kindest of my children I always think about my daughter. I'm not a villain. I've never been a villain."