Mohammed Khazma (pictured left) was found guilty of murdering the two-year-old girl in December 2016
A Sydney man who brutally murdered his new girlfriend’s toddler has been jailed for at least 33 years.
Mohammed Khazma was found guilty in March of murdering the two-year-old girl in December 2016 after a jury rejected his claim that her mother was the culprit.
The 25-year-old was also found guilty of two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm by burning the toddler with a cigarette lighter and slamming her head into a wall in the lead-up to her death.
Justice Elizabeth Fullerton in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday jailed Khazma for 44 years with a non-parole period of 33 years.
The judge said she was satisfied Khazma was responsible for most of the child’s 114 injuries, ‘deriving some perverse pleasure from the pain the child will inevitably have suffered’ when he burnt her repeatedly including on her genitals.
Khazma’s sentence was backdated to December 2016 meaning he’ll be eligible for release in December 2049.
Previously a jury heard how the couple and the girl were living in a Sydney granny flat when the abuse began.
Justice Elizabeth Fullerton in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday jailed Khazma (pictured) for 44 years with a non-parole period of 33 years
The girl’s mother was originally charged with her murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the basis she failed to remove the girl from Khazma’s abuse.
The couple were caught on CCTV fleeing the apartment with the unconscious girl under a blanket.
The mother then drove to Khazma’s parents’ house, telling them that he had killed her baby, 7 News reports
She gave evidence that the majority of her disciplining involved sending her two children ‘in the corner for five minutes’.
The mother said her back was turned when Khazma slapped the two-year-old to the floor and she became unconscious.
Khazma burned the toddler with a cigarette lighter and slammed her head into a wall at their Sydney granny flat (pictured) they had begun renting just weeks earlier
The toddler turned ‘a brownish purple colour’ and vomited black liquid, she said.
The mother has already served her jail time.
Khazma told the jury he ‘never laid a finger’ on the girl, insisting her mother was the one who pinched, punched, hit and whipped her.
He said he had wanted to report the girl’s abuse to police but ‘didn’t want to get (the mother) in trouble’.
But at the same time, I didn’t want her doing what she was doing to the kid,’ he told the court in February.
A forensic pathologist said the toddler suffered more than 100 wounds, including about 28 human bite marks on her arms, legs and buttocks, cigarette burns, cuts and bruises.
There was also ‘massive bleeding’ in her skull consistent with a traumatic injury.
The jury reached a verdict after just eight hours of deliberation.