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A father who tortured and killed his newborn daughter in her home in Gympie in south-east Queensland has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

Paige Humphreys was just four weeks old when she died from injuries inflicted by her father Michael John Humphreys on numerous occasions in 2012.

The court heard Paige had suffered horrific pain and suffering before dying from her injuries.

Paige's mother, 26-year-old Sarah Mooney, was in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday, wearing pink in her daughter's honour.

She said her family had endured a never-ending nightmare since her daughter's death.

"It's something — as in justice and closure for Paige — so that she can be now be recognised as the sweet little girl she was," Ms Mooney said.

"Taking a life is never justified, regardless of the time."

The court heard 31-year-old Humphreys slapped, hit and shook the child, over several weeks.



The baby eventually died from blunt force trauma to her abdomen, lacerations to her liver and pancreas, and suffered severe brain injuries.

Justice David Boddice described Humphrey's crimes as "brutal, cruel and tragic".

He questioned how someone in Humphrey's position of trust and care as a father could inflict such significant pain to a defenceless baby.

"It is inconceivable that one human being could do that to a baby at that age," Justice Boddice said.

Two years after her baby's death, Ms Mooney was charged and convicted for failing to provide the necessities of life, and was handed a wholly suspended sentence.

Humphreys has already been in custody for three years.

He will be eligible for parole after serving at least 80 per cent of his sentence.

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Man's Law vs. God's Law
WHEREFORE thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest. For wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself. For thou dost the same things which thou judgest. For we know that the judgment of God is, according to truth, against them that do such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them who do such things, and dost the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and patience, and longsuffering? Knowest thou not, that the benignity of God leadeth thee to penance? But according to thy hardness and impenitent heart, thou treasurest up to thyself wrath, against the day of wrath, and revelation of the just judgment of God. Who will render to every man according to his works. To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life: But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation. Tribulation and anguish upon every soul of man that worketh evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Greek. But glory, and honour, and peace to every one that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For there is no respect of persons with God. (Romans 2 : 1-11))

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