Lisa Kuka to stay in prison

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 11:20 13/03/2014
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LISA KUKA: Nia Glassie's mother received a nine year jail term for her daughter's manslaughter.
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NIA GLASSIE: Suffered shocking abuse.

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Parole for the mother of Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie, who was killed in 2007, has been revoked.

Last month the Parole Board said Lisa Kuka - who on February 4, 2009 was jailed for nine years for the manslaughter of her daughter - would be released in April.

However in a decision released today, the board said it had revoked its decision to grant parole following an application by the Department of Corrections.

Details of the application were not available, because Corrections would not comment on the management of individual offenders, a spokeswoman said.

Kuka would see the Parole Board again as soon as practicable, the decision said.

Nia died after being repeatedly kicked in the head by brothers Wiremu and Michael Curtis seven years ago. The trial heard of a range of abuse suffered by the 3-year-old.

Nia was subjected to adult wrestling moves copied from a computer game, put into a tumble dryer and spun on high temperature, whirled on a rotary clothesline,and made to bathe in cold water, the trial was told.

She was also kicked in the face, hit, slapped, punched and jumped on.

Nia died in Starship children's hospital on August 3, 2007.

Kuka was found guilty of Nia's manslaughter on the basis of failing to provide medical attention for her daughter, and by failing, as a parent, to take reasonable steps to protect her from violence.

In last month's parole decision the board said Kuka was assessed as being at a "low risk of general or violent reoffending" and would "not pose an undue risk to the safety of the community if granted parole".


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