Anna Leask is senior police reporter for the New Zealand Herald.

May trial for Gustav Sanft after death of 2-year-old daughter

Gus Sanft has been charged with manslaughter over the death of his 2-year-old daughter. Photo / Doug Sherring
Gus Sanft has been charged with manslaughter over the death of his 2-year-old daughter. Photo / Doug Sherring

The South Auckland man charged with the fatal shooting of his daughter will stand trial in May next year.

Gustav Otto Sanft, known as Gus, is charged with the manslaughter of 2-year-old Amokoura Daniels-Sanft.

The father and daughter initially had name suppression but that lapsed last month.

Amokoura died on the morning of June 2 at the home on Favona Rd, Mangere where she lived with Sanft, her mother Julia Daniels and her three siblings.

Gustav Otto Sanft, known as Gus, is charged with the manslaughter of 2-year-old Amokoura Daniels-Sanft (pictured).
Gustav Otto Sanft, known as Gus, is charged with the manslaughter of 2-year-old Amokoura Daniels-Sanft (pictured).

Police allege Sanft shot his daughter in the head at close range.

She died instantly.

Sanft has pleaded not guilty manslaughter, unlawful possession of a pistol and drug charges.

The trial has been set down for three weeks starting on May 1.

- NZ Herald

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