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Methamphetamine use and violence were prevalent at the Kaitaia house where 2-year-old Jacqui Petersen-Davis – allegedly killed by her mother – lived, the High Court at Whangarei has heard.

Norefjell Davis, 35, is standing trial accused of the murder of her daughter Jacqui in 2007.

Yesterday Malayna Davis, Norefjell Davis’ sister, told the jury at the High Court that her sibling used methamphetamine, commonly known as P.

She said Davis used P during her pregnancy and after Jacqui was born but was not keen on alcohol.

Jacqui died at Starship Hospital on August 8, 2009 from life threatening injuries, including fractured ribs, bleeding in her brain, and bruises on her stomach.

Davis has blamed her partner Jade Petersen for inflicting the injuries.

Malayna Davis described Mr Petersen as aggressive, angry, and “gangster-like”.

She once witnessed him punching Davis inside a vehicle before he got out, then he picked up a rock and threw it at her.

Arguments and fights were common with the couple, Malayna Davis said.

Another of Davis’ sisters, Jalayne Duncan, said Davis changed from being a vibrant and beautiful woman to losing a lot of weight and appearing sunken after starting a relationship with Mr Petersen.

She remembered Mr Petersen being verbally abusive and violent while drunk at a party.

Ms Duncan told the jury that when certain people, including Mr Petersen, were around, children were not a priority for Davis.

Dr Brian Anderson from the Children’s Intensive Care Ward at Starship Hospital gave evidence that the extent of Jacqui’s injuries meant her blood pressure could not be recorded.

Her pupils were fixed and dilated which indicated serious brain injury, he said.

Dr Anderson said Dr Roger Tuck, a paediatrician at Whangarei Hospital, felt that Jacqui’s injuries were so severe that she should be flown to Starship.

It was unlikely, Dr Anderson said, for a child to sustain such severe injuries from a simple fall, as initially claimed by Davis.

He said when it became obvious that Jacqui would not survive as her pulse went low, medical staff took her breathing tube off and put her in Davis’ arms where she died peacefully.

Davis then cried and cuddled her baby and commented that she should have taken Jacqui to hospital earlier.

The trial is to continue today.

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