Rhiana Moore
Rhiana Moore

MONDAY, NOV. 15: A man who killed a pregnant schoolgirl launched a bid to appeal his conviction this week.

Ze Selassie, 34, was jailed for life in August 2009 for the premeditated murder of 14-year-old Rhiana Moore.

He stabbed her 18 times in the head, neck and face before dumping her half-naked body in the mud off Blue Hole Park in May 2007.

She was seven months pregnant with Selassie’s child, a girl.

A jury unanimously found Selassie guilty and he was ordered to serve a minimum of 35 years.

In the Court of Appeal on Monday, Selassie’s lawyer, John Perry QC, said there was no evidence of premeditated murder during the trial.

But Crown counsel Cindy Clarke defended the ruling, saying a series of text messages between Selassie and his victim and the presence of a knife indicated premeditation.

The Court will give its ruling at a later date.