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article imageMan slapped and killed teen daughter, only gets 60 days jail time

By Sylvannia Soulet     May 22, 2014 in Crime
Longueuil - A Quebec man is given the sentence of 60 days in jail after raising his hand to his teenage daughter and subsequently ending her life.
To some, he truly got off with a slap on the wrist.
Seventy-four-year-old father Moussa Sidimé has been sentenced by a Quebec court to sixty days in jail after slapping and killing his 13-year-old daughter. Sidimé is not expected to serve out his sentence consecutively; he will spend two days a week in prison for 30 weeks, after which he will be on two years probation.
Sidimé pleaded guilty to the crime of manslaughter on his daughter, Noutene, in October of 2010. At the time, he had intended to punish, or “correct” his daughter for doing an inadequate job cleaning the dirt from the carpet in their kitchen. When Noutene talked back, Sidimé proceeded to slap his daughter twice across the face. The force of the impact caused an artery to rupture, cutting off oxygen to her brain. When Sidimé returned to the kitchen, he found Noutene unconscious on the floor and bleeding from the nose and mouth, and immediately called 911. Noutene slipped into a coma and died two days later in hospital, most likely due to hemorrhaging of the brain .
Sidimé’s children from a previous marriage stood by their father, insisting that his actions against their sibling weren't indicative of his usual behavior.
“I’ve never known my father to be a violent man,” Sidimé’s daughter, Odilla, told reporters. “My father was a gentle quiet man.”
Though Sidimé cites the loss of his daughter as the “will of God”, he showed a great deal of remorse, even shedding tears at his sentence hearing in February.
"If I had known one slap would kill her ... I can't believe it could be fatal," explained Sidimé, according to the Toronto Sun. “I'm not a villain. I've never been a villain."
The Honorable Judge Richard Marleau, who had presided over the case, took leniency upon Sidimé when giving his sentence, even when the Crown called for a two-year prison sentence. He made his decision based on Sidime’s otherwise impeccable criminal record.
At the time of this publication he has already served 19 days of his 60-day sentence.
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