THE killing of a toddler, barely two years old, by her own father was 'one of the worst' it had seen, said the Court of Appeal as it raised Sallehan Allaudin's six-year jail term to the maximum 10 years.

Sallehan was also ordered to be caned 10 strokes.

'This is a sad, shocking and horrendous case,' said Justice Chao Hick Tin, as he gave the three-judge court's decision, saying that the original sentence was 'manifestly inadequate'.

Sallehan, 28, flew into a rage in January last year when he returned home to see his daughter playing with his cigarettes in the living room. He dragged her to the kitchen, where he repeatedly assaulted her.

He was tried for murder but found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter and sentenced to six years' jail. On Monday, prosecutors appealed for a longer jail term.

After allowing the appeal, the court also asked for prosecutors to arrange for welfare services officers to keep tabs on Sallehan's two younger children as he will be released in six years on good behaviour.

'Shocking, horrendous case'