Stuff reports:

Moko Rangitoheriri’s killer argues she was driven to violence by the little boy’s bad behaviour, and so she shouldn’t have to spend so long in prison.

Tania Shailer was sentenced to 17 years in prison at Rotorua High Court on June 26 for killing and torturing Moko while he was placed in her care. But her lawyer has appealed, saying the sentence was “manifestly excessive”.

Her partner David Haerewa, who received the same prison term from Justice Sarah Katz, is also expected to appeal his sentence.

Hopefully the sentence will be increased on appeal, not decreased.