... Well, on this side of eternity that is. Michael and Wiremu Curtis face sentence in the High Court today for the murder of Nia Glassie, the Rotorua toddler whose only crime was to be born. Also to be sentenced is Nia's mother Lisa Kuka, and associates Michael Pearson and Oriwa Kemp, who were found guilty of lesser charges.
Justice Judith Potter faces public expectation to deliver sentences which reflect to community's outrage at Nia's callousand cowardly treatment. We would be surprised if the Curtis brothers receive non-parole periods of less than 20 years. Lisa Kuka's fate is less easy to predict, but her role in her daughter's death must be punishable by a signifcant period of imprisonment.
All the accused will do their sentences tough. There is a code of honour behind bars, and child abusers are considered the lowest of the low. The Curtis brothers, Kuka, Pearson and Kemp will have plenty of opportunity to reflect on their respective situations, but they must not be allowed to forget one vitally important fact - every day that they wake and draw breath is a day that Nia Glassie does not.