Father jailed for killing daughter, 4

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AN 'OBSESSIVE' husband was jailed for six years yesterday for killing his young daughter and seriously injuring his estranged wife when he deliberately drove into them in a supermarket car park.

Sandra Laud, four, and her six-year-old brother, Omar, were holding their mother's hand when Everill Laud drove into them in Old Trafford, Manchester, last October.

Yesterday at Manchester Crown Court, Laud, 52, a machinist from Old Trafford, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter, due to diminished responsibility, of his daughter and guilty to the attempted murder of his 36-year-old wife, Pat, who appeared at the hearing on crutches.

The court was told that after the incident, Laud lay down in the car park repeating: 'What have I done? My only daughter.'

Mrs Laud suffered a fractured skull and her right hip was fractured in the incident.

David Turner QC, for the defence, said of Laud: 'When he drove on to the car park he was suffering from an abnormality of mind which impaired his sense of responsibility.'

The judge, Mr Justice Alliott, told Laud yesterday: 'This appalling tragedy stems from your obsessive, morbid jealousy.' He jailed him for six years on both counts, the sentences to run concurrently.

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