A 39-year-old Frenchman convicted of murdering his three-year-old daughter is to appeal his sentence. His defence team notified the court of its dissatisfaction with the verdict, a necessary prerequisite for filing an appeal.
The man, who stabbed his daughter several times in a park in central Porvoo last November, admits to committing manslaughter but denies murder.
He was convicted by Eastern Uusimaa District court and sentenced to life in prison. Prisoners serving life sentences are on average freed after 13 years in prison in Finland.
The man had been involved in a bitter custody battle with his former partner before abducting the child one morning as her mother was taking her to daycare and stabbing her several times in the park.