Man who ‘killed daughter in meth rage’ found naked on driveway holding pitchfork

A man who killed his two-year-old daughter in an alleged "meth rage" was naked, had a pitchfork and was blowing a whistle when police found him, a court has heard.

Aaron George Izett, 38, denies murdering Nevaeh Jahkaya Whatukura Ager in Little Waihi between March 20 and 21 last year, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The little girl's body was found on tidal flats in Little Waihi in Maketū, New Zealand, by police called to the Tio Place home of Izett and partner Alyson Ager on March 21, 2019.

Izett has also pleaded not guilty to three further charges – wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault and injuring with intent to injure.

The dad does not deny causing the fatal injuries to his daughter and assaulting Sturgess and the police constable but denied injuring Reid.

His lawyer has urged the jury to find Izett guilty of manslaughter but not murder by reason of his insanity at the time he had committed the acts.

During her opening address, Crown solicitor Anna Pollett told the jury that Izett was a regular recreational user of methamphetamine and cannabis and had taken the drugs in the hours leading up to the killing.

"The defendant was certainly acting strangely that day and he was heard ranting and raving, perhaps on a meth and cannabis bender,'' Pollett said.

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Pollett said when police arrived at the property Izett was naked, had a pitchfork, was blowing a whistle and ran into an estuary.

After some hours of negotiation, Izett was tasered and during the struggle he bit Constable Andrew McDonald.

Pollett alleged Izett had been in a "meth rage" when he killed his daughter and went on to commit all the other offences.

"This was assault, on assault, on assault, before drowning her," Pollett said.

She added that the Crown does not accept that the defendant has the defence of insanity, she said.

But Izett's lawyer, Nicholas Chisnall, said it was critical the jury suspended its judgment until it had heard all the evidence.

Chisnall said on the balance of probabilities Izett's intoxication from consuming meth and cannabis made him incapable of understanding the true nature of the acts he committed.

The trial continues.

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