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Man who killed daughter with slap gets 60 days

Man who killed daughter with slap gets 60 daysAn artist's sketch shows Moussa Sidimé in Longueuil, Que., October 12, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Delphine Bergeron

LONGUEUIL, Que. - A Quebec man whose teenage daughter died after he slapped her because he wasn't happy with a chore she had done was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail.

Moussa Sidime, 74, will be incarcerated on 30 consecutive Mondays and Tuesdays.

He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 13-year-old daughter Noutene in October 2010.

The court heard Sidime struck her because he didn't like how she'd completed a chore and because she had been disrespectful.

It was Sidime who called 911 himself after finding the girl unconscious minutes later. She died after a few days in hospital.

The Crown had been seeking a prison sentence of two years less a day, while the defence had requested a suspended sentence.

"Violence is never an answer to a child's behaviour," Crown prosecutor Julie Laborde said Wednesday. "That's the message the judge and the court wanted to send."

In handing down his sentence, Judge Richard Marleau cited the fact Sidime had showed remorse and had no previous criminal record.

The accused was crying during his sentencing hearing in February.

His lawyer had argued for leniency, calling the death an exceptional case.

Members of Sidime's family who attended Wednesday's court proceedings in Longueuil, south of Montreal, expressed relief at the sentencing.

"There was no evidence of any brutality on her," said Aissatou Sidime-Blanton, the accused's eldest daughter.

"This was one of those freak accidents that, as he says, if he could take it back, he would take it back. We all would. And, moreover, it will be with him. Yes, he's praying, but he misses his daughter. He didn't even get to go to her funeral.

"For him it's been very hard and it will be. You lose a child, it stays with you."

Seka, one of Sidime's sons, said the tragedy will be with the family for the rest of their lives.

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