An Australian man dubbed the "Facebook killer" after posting he was "bout to kill ma kid" on the social media site before repeatedly stabbing his two-year-old daughter and leaving her to die has been sentenced to life in prison.
As the Newcastle Herald is reporting, Ramazan Acar, 24, repeatedly taunted his ex-partner, Rachelle D'Argent, on the night he killed their daughter Yazmina, known as "Mimi," with Facebook status updates, text messages and phone calls in November 2010. Acar is said to have killed his daughter shortly after the original posting, and followed up with "payback u slut."
The AFP reports that Acar had picked up Yazmina at D'Argent's home earlier that day, telling her was taking the girl to a local candy shop. After taking Yazmina, Acar communicated with D'Argent by phone and via a bizarre series of text messages, at one point telling her she would not get her child back and asking whether he should kill the girl in a car crash or stab her. "How does it feel to not have your child when I did not have mine for three months?" he is quoted as saying. He also said: "I loved you Rachelle and look what you've made me do."
Melbourne Magistrates Court Justice Elizabeth Curtain reportedly called the crime "chilling and horrific," and said life in prison was the only appropriate sentence for Acar, who had pleaded guilty:
"More than that, the victim was your infant daughter, and she was killed by the one man in the world whose duty it was to love, nurture and protect her,'' Justice Curtain said. "As such, your conduct was a fundamental breach of the trust that reposes between parent and child, a fundamental breach of a parent's most fundamental obligation.
"Further, you committed this murder for the worst possible motives - revenge and spite. You killed your daughter to get back at her mother. You used your daughter, an innocent victim, as the instrument of your overarching desire to inflict pain on your former partner.''
After the verdict was read, D’Argent reportedly spoke tenderly to her dead daughter while clutching a photo. "Mimi, it’s our day today,” she said. "Mummy told you there would be justice for you...and even though I haven't accepted that you're not here, forever you'll be in my heart and I know you'll always be smiling down on all of us."
While in custody, Acar also reportedly told police he wanted to kill himself as well, but "did not have the balls."