man who pleaded guilty to murdering Ngaruawahia infant
Serenity Scott-Dinnington has been sent to jail for 13 and
Mathew Shane Ellery appeared at the High Court at Hamilton
today charged with the 2011 murder of the 6-month old girl at
the home Ellery shared with the baby's mother and brother.
The 23-year-old was arrested by police last January despite
having for months protested his innocence. He entered a
guilty plea to the charge earlier this year.
In a summary of facts read out in court today it was revealed
that Ellery moved in with Serenity's mother Chelsea Scott and
her brother Drew at their Ngaruawahia home in early 2011.
The court heard how he was aggravated by Serenity's crying so
he went into her room, held her up by her legs and threw her
head-first onto the floor.
He then took a cloth nappy and smothered her until there was
Ms Scott was in the lounge with Drew playing cards and
After throwing Serenity to the floor and without telling
anyone about her state, Ellery went to a dairy before
returning to the house and smoking a cigarette.
Upon his return he went back into the bedroom and saw
Serenity's eyes rolling back in her head. He yelled out
before Miss Scott ran in and called an ambulance.
Serenity died two days later at Starship Hospital.
In his victim impact statement, Drew Scott spoke of how he
was cut off from his family, physically assaulted twice and
how he suffered continuing nightmares.
Justice Kit Toogood said Ellery had earlier been convicted of
assault with intent to injure a former partner, and had
serious cognitive, confidence and behavioural issues.
The court heard how Ellery smoked cannabis on a daily basis
and was a binge drinker.
He also had previous problems with anger, alcohol and drugs,
and was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age.
Outside court, Ellery's grandfather Tom Ellery, said "justice
had been done" but he could not get his head around his
Drew Scott said Ellery should be put away "for life".
"He ruined my life, now it's his turn."