Another manslaughter of a 2 year old. This one doesn’t even have a name

Nameless dead toddler - TVNZ

Nameless dead toddler – TVNZ

A man has been charged with manslaughter over the fatal shooting of a 2-year-old in her Mangere home.

The man, in his 20s, came before Manukau District Court this afternoon having previously been charged with unlawful possession of a sawn-off shotgun following the shooting last month.

Today, charges of manslaughter and possessing cannabis for supply were added.

“Having under his control a firearm which, in the absence of care may endanger human life, omitted without lawful excuse to take reasonable precautions against such danger, thereby causing death,” a police charge sheet read.

A brief appearance this morning saw Judge Brooke Gibson send the matter to the High Court and continue the interim suppression orders covering the defendant’s identity.

The man was denied bail on his first appearance more than seven weeks ago but at a subsequent hearing, bail was granted.

Emergency services confirmed they were called to the Favona Rd address just before midday on June 2.

Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang – like gunfire – around that time, followed by hysterical screaming.

Not a mention of the “G” word either.

  • Cannabis for supply
  • Sawn-0ff shotgun
  • No gun license

But boy, are the “family” devastated.

Name suppression for the killer, and no name for another two-year-old innocent dispatched from this world.

Feel free to mourn some nameless, faceless two-year-old.

Perhaps just as well.  Their names and faces are starting to blend together as it is.


– NZ Herald

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