The Crown has wrapped up its case against the Auckland man accused of murdering his two-year-old stepson, saying he wanted the boy out of the way for when his own son arrived.
After two-weeks of trial, the case against Joel Loffley, 29, was summed up today in the High Court at Auckland.
Loffley denies murdering James Joseph Ruhe Lawrence, known as JJ, who died on November 14 last year.
Prosecutor Phil Hamlin told jurors Loffley struck JJ with such force it was as if he'd been hit with a hammer. The court had been told the blow split his liver and pancreas in half.
He said Loffley killed the boy because he wanted him out of the picture after his partner Josephine Lawrence told Loffley she was pregnant with his child.
He was jealous of the toddler's relationship with his mother, Mr Hamlin said.
Cell phone conversations recorded between Loffley and Ms Lawrence show Loffley tried to hide his crime by manipulating and bullying his girlfriend, he said.
Medical evidence proves JJ's injuries were not accidental, Mr Hamlin said.
During the trial, the court was told Loffley used to get JJ stoned on cannabis using an asthma inhaler.
Loffley did not take the stand in the trial and his lawyer, Roger Chambers, told the court today he would not be calling defence evidence.
He said the Crown had not provided clear and compelling evidence that Loffley had killed JJ.
Justice Patrick Keane is expected to sum up the case tomorrow before the jury retires.
source: newshub archive