Mildura man smoked cone, had sex and ‘battered toddler to death’, court told

A Mildura man accused of murder smoked marijuana and had sex with his defacto partner just before or after killing the woman’s two-year-old daughter, a court has been told.

John Torney is accused of repeatedly bashing Nikki Francis-Coslovich in August last year, while the girl’s mother went shopping and ran errands.

Nikki Francis-Coslovich was found dead in the roof of her Mildura home in August  

Mr Torney, 32, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder.

Prosecutor Gavin Silbert, QC, told the Supreme Court sitting in Mildura that the deceased girl was “battered to death” by Mr Torney from repeated blunt force trauma to her chest and stomach.

John Torney ‘consciously, voluntarily and deliberately’ killed two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich, the court was told. 

“This man consciously, voluntarily and deliberately killed her,” he said

Mr Silbert said the prosecution case against Mr Torney was “circumstantial” but the combined

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Mildura man smoked cone, had sex and ‘battered toddler to death’, court told

A Mildura man accused of murder smoked marijuana and had sex with his defacto partner just before or after killing the woman’s two-year-old daughter, a court has been told.

John Torney is accused of repeatedly bashing Nikki Francis-Coslovich in August last year, while the girl’s mother went shopping and ran errands.

Nikki Francis-Coslovich was found dead in the roof of her Mildura home in August  

Mr Torney, 32, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder.

Prosecutor Gavin Silbert, QC, told the Supreme Court sitting in Mildura that the deceased girl was “battered to death” by Mr Torney from repeated blunt force trauma to her chest and stomach.

John Torney ‘consciously, voluntarily and deliberately’ killed two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich, the court was told. 

“This man consciously, voluntarily and deliberately killed her,” he said

Mr Silbert said the prosecution case against Mr Torney was “circumstantial” but the combined

... read more at: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/mildura-man-smoked-cone-had-sex-and-battered-toddler-to-death-court-told-20161019-gs5mye.html

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