Winnipeg man who admitted to killing his 3-year-old daughter to be sentenced

The family of a three-year-old girl who was stabbed to death by her father in Winnipeg last July is asking the judge to give him the longest possible sentence.

The sentencing hearing for Frank Nausigimana, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his daughter, Jemimah Bunadalian, started Thursday morning.

He will be sentenced in court on Friday afternoon. Second-degree murder has a mandatory life sentence, but parole eligibility can be anywhere from 10 to 25 years.

The girl’s mother said in a victim impact statement read in court by Crown attorney Jennifer Mann that the events from last summer are a nightmare she can’t wake up from.

“She loves to hug me and my family, but now she is gone and there are no more hugs from her. All I can hug now are her elephant and polar bear stuffed toys,” the victim impact statement said.

“I thought he loved our daughter, but how could he do this?”

Jemimah’s grandfather, Albert Bunadalian, who was wearing a T-shirt bearing her picture and depicting her as an angel, read his written impact statement in court.

“Because of what you did, we’ll never see her grow into her potential,” he said to Nausigamana. “You took away the bright future we had for her. Every night when I go to sleep, I have a nightmare.”

Court heard Nausigamana, 29, forced himself in his ex-partner’s car and directed her to drive. She was distraught, so he made her pull over, at which point she ran away, believing he would not hurt their daughter.

However, Nausigamana used a paring knife to stab Jemimah two times in her chest shortly after.

Then Nausigamana, who is deaf and communicates via sign language, stopped a person driving by and typed a message on his phone, telling the person to call 911 because he had just killed his daughter.

He was charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in an agreement with Crown prosecutors.

The Crown has asked Nausigamana serve 19 years before he is eligible for parole, while the defence asked for 17.

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