Suppression lapses for man accused of accidentally shooting daughter

Gustav Otto Sanft is charged with the manslaughter of his two year old daughter, whom it's alleged he accidentally shot.
KELLY DENNETT

Gustav Otto Sanft is charged with the manslaughter of his two year old daughter, whom it's alleged he accidentally shot.

A man charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a toddler can now be revealed as the girl's father. 

Name suppression was lifted for 26 year-old Gustav Otto Sanft on Wednesday morning. 

He has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of his two year-old daughter Amokura Daniels-Sanft in June.

Gustav Otto Sanft pictured at an earlier appearance at the High Court at Auckland.
KELLY DENNETT

Gustav Otto Sanft pictured at an earlier appearance at the High Court at Auckland.

Police would previously not confirm the relationship between the accused and the girl, who has also previously not been named. 

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At a High Court at Auckland hearing last week Justice Graham Lang ruled there was no reason to continue name suppression for Sanft. 

That was despite Sanft's lawyer arguing Sanft's family faced criticism from the community if his identity was published. 

He argued the family, including the girl's two siblings, would be alienated and ridiculed. 

Justice Lang queried that argument. 

"They're victims. Why would anyone ridicule them?" Justice Lang said.

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"Everybody will already know that these children have lost a sibling already. Or should know- there's extensive publicity about this."  

Justice Lang ordered suppression expire a week later, to give the family time to inform those who didn't already know. 

Suppression lapsed on Wednesday morning. 

Emergency services were called to a Favona address after reports a child had been shot with a sawn off shotgun. 

Sanft was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, named as a pistol by police, and a manslaughter charge was later laid. 

Sanft is due to stand trial in May next year. 

 - Stuff

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