11 Apr '11, 4am

Australian man sentenced to life in prison for killing daughter by throwing her off a bridge

MELBOURNE - AN AUSTRALIAN man who killed his 4-year-old daughter by throwing her off a Melbourne bridge has been sentenced to life in prison. Arthur Freeman had argued that he was mentally ill when he tossed his daughter, Darcey, to her death in 2009. But Victorian Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan said in court Monday that Freeman killed his daughter to get revenge on his ex-wife. The day before Darcey's death, a court had reduced Freeman's access to his children. Freeman was driving Darcey and her two brothers, aged 2 and 6, through Melbourne in January 2009, when he telephoned his former wife, Peta Barnes, and told her to say goodbye to her children. Freeman then parked his car in the emergency lane of the bridge, coaxed his daughter out of the car and picked her up. Darcey?s brothers watched as Freeman carried her to the edge of the bridge and threw her over the side....

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