The Crown will argue that because Ngatai-Check delivered more than one kick, with such force, to a boy who weighed only 11.5kg, he must have known the blows would be fatal. But Ngatai-Check's lawyers will argue that he simply made a poor parenting decision – however irrational – making him guilty of manslaughter, not murder.
Now, we don't know where Rikki Ngatai-Check got his parenting information from - he's not the child's father, after all - but somehow we believe that kicking a two-year-old child to death wasn't in any of the manuals. Perhaps it came from his "cousin" - read on:
Ngatai-Check was in a relationship with the mother of Karl Perigo-Check but is not related to the boy. He was loosely described in court as a cousin of the boy's father, Karl Check, who is in jail for the murder of Jhia Te Tua, 2.
We'll say no more on this case until the verdict.