The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has rejected a bid for bail by a Halifax man sentenced last year to 6 1/2 years in prison in the death of his infant daughter.

In a written decision released today, Justice Peter Bryson says Ashiqur Rahman has not proven that his continued detention pending an appeal of his case is not necessary in the public interest.

Bryson says Rahman's lack of candour with the court raises concerns about his willingness to honour the conditions of an interim release.

Rahman was sentenced last August after being convicted of manslaughter and aggravated assault in the July 2009 death of seven-week old Aurora Breakthrough.

His sentence was reduced by two years and three months by the trial judge for time served in remand.

A date for Rahman's appeal has not been set, but an appeal court panel will hear a motion for new evidence in October.