A MAN who murdered a two-year-old girl on the Central Coast has screamed abuse at her father while he read a victim impact statement in a Sydney court.
Warren Ross was found guilty in December of murdering Tanilla Warrick-Deaves in her Watanobbi home in August 2011.
He was in a relationship with Tanilla’s mother and subjected Tanilla to prolonged abuse leading up to her death, his trial heard.
During yesterday’s sentencing hearing in the NSW Supreme Court, Ross let loose with a torrent of abuse at Tanilla’s father, Adrian Warrick, as he read his statement.
‘‘F— you Adrian, you dog,’’ Ross yelled from the dock.
‘‘Where were you for two years?’’
Court officers surrounded Ross until he sat down.
Mr Warrick told the court there were not enough words to explain his heartache.
‘‘The 27th of August 2011 was every parent’s worst nightmare when on Facebook we see the police were at Donna’s [Tanilla’s mother],’’ the father said.
Mr Warrick, who wore a pink shirt featuring a photo of Tanilla, described his slain daughter as a bubbly two-year-old with eyes as bright as stars in the sky.
‘‘I can only imagine what Tanilla went through and the fear she faced through her… ordeal,’’ he said. ‘‘What did she do so bad that gave you the right to hurt Tanilla?
‘‘God, I wish this was all a bad nightmare, but it’s not.’’
Mr Warrick described Tanilla’s face being so badly bruised that make-up could not cover it.
Ross’s lawyer said her client was concerned for his safety in prison and asked he be put in protective custody.
Outside court, Mr Warrick labelled Ross’s behaviour as unacceptable.
‘‘It just goes to show he’s got no remorse whatsoever,’’ he said. ‘‘He is behind bars and, at the end of the day, I believe my daughter is going to get justice, so that is something to look forward to.’’
His partner Brooke said Ross’s behaviour felt intimidating. Asked how she felt about Ross’s plea for protective custody, she said, ‘‘Bad luck for him.’’
The sentencing has been adjourned to May 9. AAP
Tanilla’s mother Donna Deaves after receiving a nine-year sentence in September last year.