Accused murderer says mother killed Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich

Accused murderer says mother killed Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich

Accused murderer says mother killed Mildura toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich

A Victorian man has denied bashing his then girlfriend’s toddler to death, alleging the child’s mother did it and he only helped hide the body.John Clifford Torney, 32, is on trial in Mildura after pleading not guilty to murdering Nikki Francis-Coslovich at her family home in the regional Victorian town on August 25, 2015.Video duration01:47Replay Video IconPlayer help iconVideo duration01:47Video duration01:33Video duration00:58Video duration01:19Video duration01:14Video duration02:18Video duration02:33More videosJohn Clifford Torney is on trial in Mildura after pleading not guilty to murdering toddler Nikki Francis-Coslovich at her family home.Nikki was fatally beaten but could have survived for up to an hour before she died, prosecutor Gavin Silbert QC has told the Supreme Court trial.”She was bashed to death,” Mr Silbert said in his opening address on Wednesday.John Torney Nikki was reported missing on August 25 by her mother, Peta-Ann Francis, after she discovered her little girl’s bed was empty.The toddler had spent the morning at home with Torney while her mother ran errands, which have been verified by CCTV footage, Mr Silbert said.Her body was later discovered in the home’s roof cavity by a police officer who had noticed dirty fingerprints on a manhole cover in the hallway and climbed on a chair to investigate.Mr Silbert said an autopsy found Nikki had died between 11am and 2.30pm that day.Peta-Ann Francis, mother of Nikki Francis-Coslovich. “A pathologist will tell you that, based on the horrific injuries sustained, she could have been alive for up to an hour after the bashing before she died.”Nikki had injuries to her kidney, liver and skull and had lost one third of her body’s blood volume, he said.Nikki Francis-Coslovich. The prosecution alleges there is a four-hour window during which Torney killed her.Mr Torney was alone with Nikki until about 12.30pm when her mother returned.Mr Silbert said the pair smoked several cones of cannabis, had sex, and fell asleep before Ms Francis woke up at 2.40pm and realised her daughter was missing.The defence says it was Ms Francis who murdered her daughter, not her boyfriend.In a police interview after Mr Torney was charged with murder, he alleged Ms Francis told him “I’ve gone too far with Nikki, she’s not breathing” while standing outside the toddler’s bedroom.Barrister Julie Condon said Ms Francis told Torney she had thrown the girl on the bed, and asked him to hide the body and go along with the missing person’s story.”She’s a woman who has spun so many lies, not little lies but big, bad ones,” Ms Condon said in her defence opening statement to the trial.Ms Francis’ alleged lies and inconsistent statements to police “speak of a guilty conscience”, she said.Ms Condon says a recording of the triple-zero call that Ms Francis made to report Nikki’s disappearance – to be played to the jury – shows Ms Francis was unable to respond to the operator’s question about when she last saw her daughter.Ms Francis had been monitored by child protection officers, and was not coping wi…

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