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Ashiqur Rahman has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault (CBC)

A Halifax man charged in the death of his seven-week-old daughter had a tendency to lose control when the child cried, the Crown said today during closing arguments

Ashiqur Rahman, 26, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault in the July 2009 death of Aurora Breakthrough.

Chief Crown Attorney Denise Smith detailed four incidents, including one where the child's mother, Jane Gomes, testified she saw Rahman slap the baby, and another when she said Rahman admitted to slapping the baby on the cheeks while Gomes was out.

The Crown also described a time when Gomes was in the bathroom and Rahman moved the baby from a stroller to a mattress on the floor.

When Gomes came out, she saw the baby on her side, her eyes half-closed and she was not crying. Gomes said she instantly knew something was wrong.

The baby died in hospital a few days later.

Rahman has denied the allegations, and said he rarely had physical contact with the child, as was decided by the couple.

Last year, Gomes, 24, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to provide the necessities of life. She received a conditional discharge with six months of probation.

As part of her plea bargain, she testified against Rahman and said she witnessed him slap and shake the baby.

Earlier this week, the defence raised questions about Gomes' character, saying as the primary caregiver, she had more opportunities than Rahman to harm the child.

The defence also pointed out she missed some appointments for the baby at the North End Clinic, and suggested she fabricated stories about Rahman to cover up her own wrongdoing.

But the Crown said letters Gomes wrote from jail show she was more concerned about other people's wellbeing, even Rahman's, than her own.

The Crown also said the letters also suggested it pained Gomes to implicate him in their daughter's death.

Justice Felix Cacchione scheduled his decision for June 22, but said it could be earlier.

 

With files from The Canadian Press