LISTEN: 60-day sentence for dad for teen daughter's slapping death

A Longueuil man who admitted to administering two slaps that led to the death of his daughter has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, to be served Monday and Tuesdays starting next week.

Noutené Sidimé, 13,  died of a ruptured artery in her brain two days after her father twice slapped her in the face and head for not cleaning the kitchen properly in October 2010.

Moussa Sidimé, 74, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

While Judge Richard Marleau described Sidimé's actions as illegal and unreasonable, he also listed many mitigating factors in Sidimé's favour:  he has no criminal record, is not violent, expresses remorse, pleaded guilty and could not have known that his actions would have resulted in his daughter's death.

The judge made it clear before he began reading out his sentence that he was not going along with the crown's recommendation of a sentence of two years less a day or with the defence's suggestion of a suspended sentence, adding the latter was not appropriate because when it comes to the security of a child, such actions must be denounced and the message must be dissuasive. Marleau also imposed a two year probation on Siddimé.

The crown said the judge had to take into consideration that he had to go on a case-by-case basis. While Julie Laborde wanted to send a dissuasive message to the public, she said she hopes the public will understand the reasoning behind the sentence.

"Well, the message has to be clear. Corporal punishment is never the answer to a child's misbehaviour. The message has to be sent and in the opinion of the court, that message was already heard by the community and the accused himself so part of the denunciation and deterrance were already fulfilled but still there was a message to be sent so hopefully people will understand it," Laborde told reporters.

Siddimé wiped his eyes with a tissue and looked at the floor when the judge mentioned Noutouné's name.

The courtroom was packed with over two dozen of Sidimé's friends and family members, some of whom got emotional when the judge pronounced his sentence.

Those who spoke to reporters say they are, for the most part, relieved because the sentence could have been harsher.

One of Siddimé's other children, Aissatou Sidimé-Blanton, said that they were never angry with him and the judge took into account what kind of man he is.

"There was no reason to be angry. We were hurting for him I was actually quite afraid for him in the courtroom in the way the sentencing started and because of the media circus to be quite honest, I was really afraid of what the judge would feel pressured to do despite the fact there was no evidence of violence or violent history. In fact, he's been a very, very thoughtful and sensitive person. My father is very private but he's there when you need him," Sidimé-Blanton told reporters.

"This was one of those freak accidents that, as he said,  if he could take it back, he would take it back, we all would."

Sidimé-Blanton, who came in from Texas for the sentencing, said her father will be aided by his faith to help him and his family move on.

"It will be with him, yes, he's praying, but he misses his daughter. He didn't even get to go to her funeral. The first time he was actually able to see where she was buried was when we took a couple of years ago. Prior to that, he didn't even know," Sidimé-Blanton said.

"For him, it's been very hard and it will be. When you lose a child, it stays with you, it'll stay with the entire family."

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  1. ric posted on 05/21/2014 10:51 AM
    Another travesty of justice. Our whole judicial system has become one big joke. The life of an innocent child is now worth 60 days.....DISGRACEFUL!!!!!
  2. ted posted on 05/21/2014 11:25 AM
    What am I missing. People who shoplift get stiffer sentences.
    In the US, they would be sticking a needle in his arm or at least putting him away for a decade.
    There is something seriously wrong with our judicial system. Even if this was accidental, the punishment does not fit the crime.
  3. Joe posted on 05/21/2014 11:44 AM
    So He kills his daughter and pleads guilty.
    For that he got only 60 days in jail.
    What kind of sentence is this?
    He must get a seniors discount because of his age.
  4. Marguerite posted on 05/21/2014 01:22 PM
    This is not justice. 60 days for killing a child!!!!!!! Disgraceful.
  5. Eric posted on 05/21/2014 01:41 PM
    Ridiculous!, No justice here for that child. And to boot he only needs to serve his time on weekends?

    This is a very sad day in Canada!
  6. bill posted on 05/21/2014 04:44 PM
    Scum bag...another PC verdit gone bad.
  7. Geo posted on 05/21/2014 05:00 PM
    Killing a child is unforgivable. 60 days, two days per week is ridiculous. Shame on our justice system. I am disgusted with this judge. Perhaps we should elect judges as the US does.
  8. arnie posted on 05/22/2014 06:28 AM
    This is perhaps the worst verdict I have ever heard. Even 2 years would have been a joke. He will probably only serve 15 weekends.
  9. wluis posted on 05/22/2014 07:27 AM
    A good man made a mistake, that will cause him to never sleep well again.
    A man who fathered 6 children.

    Yet most people believe that his" mistake" that CAUSED the death of his child, is not enough of a punishment.
    Should we put all Parents in Jail, every time they make a mistake that may cause harm to their own child?

    Next time I see a Parent, not holding the hand of their child while crossing a street....I will call the police.
    What about helmets while riding a bike....Jail time?
    What about using a gas barbecue with a child close buy....Jail time?
    A hot Iron(to iron clothes) Jail time?

    Let puts the real criminals in Jail and not a person, who made the worse mistake in his life. A mistake that probably will cause him to be depressed of the rest of his life.
    Not good enough for all you Holy people?
    1. al posted on 05/22/2014 12:13 PM
      @wluis A Mistake? This man killed a child with enough of blow that took her life..He didn't harm her he killed her.. Are you in LA LA land ? I would make him clean old people's houses for the rest of his life. and put him in prison at night.
    2. Kiwina posted on 05/22/2014 07:37 PM
      @wluis This was caused by a moment of rage over normal teen behaviour. The intent was not to kill but it happened.Murder is murder she died at his hands.This is wrong and her life is not worth 60 days.
      He should be depressed if not suicidal for the rest of his days.
      He was her father , guardian who was to hold a gentle hand or place a protective helmet on her head.
      We all make mistakes as parents but a death - this is no mistake this has crossed the line of being a savage.
  10. M Imrie posted on 05/22/2014 11:00 AM
    Last I heard .. Striking someone in the face hard enough to sever an artery was referred to as "deadly force" which he made a choice to use. He also said he didn't take her life ... It was "gods" doing. Unbelievably how apathetic our canadian justice system is.
  11. Janet posted on 05/24/2014 11:26 AM
    Citizens should now take over the judicial system when it comes to sentencing. We make more sense than the judges. Shame on you, Judge!!! You have so little respect for human life.
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