Sentencing for Oak Bay father convicted of killing daughters starts Monday

Sentencing for Oak Bay father convicted of killing daughters starts Monday
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Chloe Berry, 6 an Aubrey Berry, 4

The sentencing hearing for Andrew Berry, the man convicted of killing his two daughters on Christmas in Oak Bay, starts Monday in Victoria.

Back in September Berry was found guilty of second-degree murder, after four-year-old Aubrey Berry and six-year-old Chloe Berry were found dead in his apartment in Oak Bay on Dec. 25, 2017.

The girls were found by police after Berry failed to return his daughters at noon on Christmas Day to their mother Sarah Cotton as required by a court order.

He pleaded not guilty to the two counts of second-degree murder.

Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence, but parole eligibility ranges from 10 to 25 years.

Berry was found naked in the bathtub with stab wounds to his neck and throat, and he told first responders “Kill me” and “Leave me alone” when they arrived.

The emotional trial lasted five-months, Berry claimed that two men connected to a loan shark stored what he believed was a bag of drugs at his apartment in March 2017 in exchange for a delay in the repayment of a loan worth thousands of dollars.

He testified that he was attacked by a man with dark skin and hair, but the Crown argued his wounds were self-inflicted after a failed suicide attempt.

The Crown said the motive for the murders was Berry’s “long-simmering animosity” towards his estranged partner, Sarah Cotton, who he believed planned to seek an end to their joint custody of the girls after Christmas.

The defence argued the Crown’s case was circumstantial and Berry was consistent in his denials.

They also disputed the Crown’s claim that Berry attempted suicide after killing his daughters.

READ MORE: Andrew Berry found guilty of second-degree murder in daughters’ deaths in Oak Bay

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