Evil father hit his two-year-old daughter 80 times with ‘guns’ in a meth-fueled rage before throwing her into a river mouth where she drowned
- Corrupt New Zealand father found guilty of murdering two-year-old daughter
- Aaron Izett hit the toddler up to 80 times before throwing her into a river
- His lawyers argued that the meth users should be found not guilty through madness
- Prosecutors say toddler, Nevaeh, was subject to ‘severe reign of terror’
By Levi Parsons for Daily Mail Australia
A depraved father has been found guilty of murdering his two-year-old daughter in a “meth craze.”
Aaron George Izett, 38, beat his daughter Nevaeh Ager in what prosecutors describe as a ‘severe reign of terror’ before dumping her body in an estuary at Little Waihi, about 100 km east of Hamilton, New Zealand, where she eventually drowned. .
The toddler was hit on her body and head 70 to 80 times with ‘guns’, suffered multiple bruises and scrapes, and a torn ligament in her neck.
Izett did not deny that he caused his daughter’s death on March 21 last year.
But his legal team pleaded to the High Court in Rotorua that he should not be found guilty of madness.
Aaron George Izett hit his daughter Nevaeh Ager (pictured) in what prosecutors describe as a ‘serious reign of terror’
“He accepts that he is responsible for her death … the physical act is not in question,” attorney Nicholas Chisnall told the court. NZ Stuff reported.
They claimed eyewitness evidence and medical reports indicate that the chronic methamphetamine user was in psychosis and “out of touch with reality.”
Lawyer Julie-Anne Kincade QC said Izlett “was suffering from a disease of the mind” and was unable to understand his own actions.
She told the court that Izett had heard voices, experienced hallucinations, and suffered from grand delusions that he was “a prophet.”
The court was also told that Izett thought the police were trying to poison him, the New Zealand Herald reported.
“When you look at all the evidence, there is absolutely no evidence that Mr. Izett intended to kill his daughter, but whatever was in his head, it didn’t make sense,” Kincade QC said.
Izlett threw her body into an estuary at Little Waihi (pictured), about 100km east of Hamilton, where she eventually drowned
But the jury, made up of seven men and five women, dismissed the prosecution’s case and rendered guilty verdict in just 10 hours on Thursday.
Prosecutor Anna Pollett said that Nevaeh had been subjected to “ assault by assault ” before she was left naked and face down in the water on the mudflats with two large stones on her.
Last week, pathologist Rexson Tse gave evidence that Nevaeh might have survived had she not been left in the water.
Izett was also found guilty of biting the officer who arrested him, Senior Constable Andrew McDonald, and Nevaeh’s great-grandfather, John Sturgess.
But he was found not guilty of intent to seriously injure another man, Jacob Reid.
Izett will be sentenced in the Supreme Court in Tauranga on February 3.
Prosecutor Anna Pollett said Nevaeh had been subjected to “ assault in assault abuse ” before she was left naked and face down in the water on the ford with two large stones on her. Pictured: Little Waihi Estuary.