Man who kicked toddler to death jailed for at least 17 years

File photo / Bay of Plenty Times
File photo / Bay of Plenty Times

A Whanganui man was today jailed for life with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years for kicking to death his partner's two-year-old son.

Rikki Ngatai-Check, 23, was sentenced in the High Court in Wellington after earlier being found guilty of murdering Karl Perigo-Check in October 2009. He had been in a relationship with the toddler's mother, Lilah Terelyn McGregor, 31.

Ngatai-Check admitted causing the internal injuries and bleeding from which Karl died but his counsel argued he was guilty of manslaughter rather than murder.

Ngatai-Check was described in court as a cousin of the boy's father Karl Check, who was sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 15 years for the 2007 murder of two-year-old Jhia Te Tua.

She was killed in her home during a driveby shooting in Whanganui. It followed an altercation between the Mongrel Mob and Black Power gangs.

- NZPA

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