Gustav Otto Sanft charged with manslaughter over Mangere toddler's fatal shooting

Gustav Otto Sanft (Newshub.)
Gustav Otto Sanft (Newshub.)

The man charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a toddler in south Auckland can now be named.

He is Gustav Otto Sanft, father of the two-year-old victim, Amokoura Daniels-Sanft.

Sanft, 26, was initially charged with unlawful possession of a firearm following the toddler's death, but was subsequently charged with manslaughter.

The little girl was allegedly shot in the head with a sawn-off shotgun at the Favona Rd address she'd been living at with Sanft, her mother and three siblings. Nobody at the address held a firearms licence.

His lawyer argued for name suppression to stay, Fairfax reported, saying the family would be "ridiculed".

"They're victims. Why would anyone ridicule them?" Justice Graham Lang replied last week, giving the family a week to prepare for this morning's revelation.

When Sanft first appeared in court in June, one of his cousins told Newshub he felt it was a terrible accident.

A neighbour described hearing a "loud bang" before the child was found dead.

Sanft will stand trial in May 2017.