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14:01 Fri Apr 27 2012
AAP
Kerry Ratana was restrained by guards after smashing a reporter's laptop moments after being jailed for the manslaughter
Kerry Ratana was restrained by guards after smashing a reporter's laptop moments after being jailed for the manslaughter

A man who killed his five-year-old stepdaughter in 2010 had to be restrained by guards after being jailed for 16 and a half years on Friday.

Kerry Ratana, 25, had admitted the manslaughter of Sahara Jayde Baker-Koro, and was found guilty in the High Court in Napier in March of sexually violating her.

Justice Denis Clifford gave him a minimum non-parole period of eight years and three months.

Ratana wept during a victim impact statement from Sahara's grandmother Karen Koro, but became agitated when Justice Clifford outlined details of the sexual offending.

As he was led out of the dock he picked up a reporter's laptop and smashed it to the ground before being restrained by four guards and struggled as he was led away, Fairfax reported.

Ratana had admitted killing Sahara about 7pm on December 20, 2010, saying he crushed her chest after taking her to her room because he was angry at her.

The Crown said injuries to Sahara when she was sexually violated were extensive.

Ratana's father Charles delivered a tearful apology to Sahara's family during the sentencing.

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