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Sentencing for man who killed daughter

Published: 10:31AM Friday March 09, 2007 Source: Newstalk ZB

An Auckland father who killed one of his sick daughters and injured another will be sentenced in the high court on Friday.

Garth Abbott has been found guilty of manslaughter after he drove off the summit of Mount Wellington in 2005.

Nine-year-old Britney Abbott died instantly, but her sister Shirvaun survived.  Both girls were born with Usher Syndrome which would leave them deaf and blind.

Abbott has spent the past two weeks at home spending time with his family before the sentencing.

The high court judge who presided over the trial said a jail term was highly likely.

The South African family does not have New Zealand residency and will be deported once Abbott's sentence is carried out.

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