ONE New Zealand The police officer who testified against Aaron Izett during the murder trial collapsed on the witness stand while describing seeing the body of Izett’s daughter, two-year-old Nevaeh Ager.
Izett faces a number of Assault and injuryand a charge that he murdered the toddler in Little Waihi, Bay of Plenty, between March 20 and 21 last year.
It’s a murder that Izett acknowledged responsibility for on the first day of the trial.
“Mr. Izett accepted that he killed his daughter, he accepted that he was responsible for her death … the physical act is indisputable,” said defense attorney Nicholas Chisnell.
However, Mr. Chisnell claimed that his client should be found not guilty of madness.
“A person may be so out of order in their thinking that they will not be able to be held responsible for the crime.”
The Crown claimed Izett, a regular methamphetamine user, killed his daughter in a “meth rage” after attacking her with a gun or weapons and then taking her into the muzzle behind her house to drown.
Prosecutor Anna Pollett said the toddler was subjected to an “attack on attack on attack” before drowning.
On the sixth day of the trial, Constable Michelle Attrill, one of the first officers on the scene, gave evidence after neighbors called to report Izett’s erratic behavior.
The jury was also shown a video of their taser showing Izett standing in a puddle of water and gasoline, holding a pitchfork and blowing on a pipe.
“At some point he took a big step towards me, held the pitchfork and looked into my eyes to tell me he was going to kill me,” she said.
The court was also shown taser video twice by another officer when Izett was tasered.
At this point, Izett leaned forward on the stand and smiled widely as the video was shown.
He was able to get back on his feet after being verbally abused and retired to the muzzle behind his house.
While the police waited on land, the water began to recede, revealing the toddler’s body.
“We noticed her, the foot,” said Constable Attrill.
“Once we noticed the foot … the water.”
Constable Attrill then paused, seeming to be trying to catch her breath, wiping her eyes before telling the court that she had seen Nevaeh’s head and hair submerged, surrounded by murky red water.
She said they had previously searched the Tio Place residence after it was reported that a child lived there, looking everywhere, and even lifting floorboards.
When asked about the condition of the house, she said “disgusting, uninhabitable”.
Senior Constable Andrew McDonald also provided clues about Izett’s behavior and how hard he fought against the arrest.
“Hit, resist and try to bite us.”
He said Izett showed “an inhuman kind of strength” and received a bite wound himself that bitten off the skin and flesh from his wrist.
“He told me he was going to kill me, then told me again that he was the president.”
Police officer Aaron Alexander also gave testimony and revealed what Izett said when he told him he had been arrested for murder.
“He said I didn’t kill my daughter, and at that point I hadn’t mentioned anything about his daughter.”
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