Court releases name of father accused after death of his 2yo daughter

The Tongan father who had been  charged in relation to the fatal shooting of her 2-year-old daughter in June can now be named.

He is 26-year old Gustav Otto Sanft .

He was charged with manslaughter after Amokoura Daniels-Sanft was shot dead in the driveway of her family home in Mangere on June 2.

Sanft is also facing charges of unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of cannabis for supply.

The manslaughter charge came after Police believe Sanft did not intend to shoot or kill the child.

He appeared in the High Court at Auckland last week  and applied through his lawyer Sam Fernando to have his name suppression order extended.

Fernando said the man and his family would face “alienation and ridicule” if his name and the details of the alleged manslaughter were made public.

Justice Graham Lang declined the application, saying there was no strong evidence that naming the man would affect his right to a fair trial or cause him or his partner and family any significant hardship.

Sanft will reappear in court next month.

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