A Sydney man on trial for assaulting and murdering his new girlfriend’s toddler says she committed the crimes and falsely accused him to cover up her guilt.
Mohammed Khazma, 25, is accused of killing his girlfriend’s two-year-old girl inside a Guildford flat in December 2016.
He has pleaded not guilty to murdering the girl and, in the days before her death, assaulting her by burning her with a cigarette lighter and slamming her head into a wall, causing her actual bodily harm.
While she died from blunt force head and spinal injuries, her body also was found to have about 45 bruises, apparently inflicted over a period of time.
She had burns resembling the top of a cigarette lighter, about 28 human bite marks and 28 groups of wounds covered with scabs.
In his opening on Tuesday, prosecutor Philip Hogan told the NSW Supreme Court jurors the Crown case relied ‘very heavily’ on the mother’s account of what happened and the verdicts would depend on what they made of her evidence.
Khazma’s barrister, Luke Brasch, said his client ‘categorically’ denied the accusations and maintained that the girl’s mother caused the injuries and her daughter’s death, blaming him to cover up her involvement.
She had ‘some history of inflicting physical injuries’ on both her daughter and an older son, he said.
But Mr Hogan said the nature and extent of the girl’s fatal injuries were ‘so disproportionate’ to those that previously had led to Family and Community Services’ involvement into the mother’s parenting that they would not cause the jurors to have any doubt about her evidence.