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Life for man who threw daughter off bridge

A man who killed his four-year-old daughter by throwing her off a bridge in Australia's second-largest city as her horrified brothers watched was sentenced today to life in prison.

Arthur Freeman (37) had argued that he was mentally ill when he tossed his daughter Darcey to her death.

"The throwing of your four-year-old daughter from a bridge more than 80 metres above the ground could not be more horrible," Victorian Supreme Court Justice Paul Coghlan said.

The judge said Freeman killed his daughter on January 29, 2009, to get revenge on his ex-wife. The day before Darcey's death, a court had reduced Freeman's access to his children.

Today, Mr Coghlan sentenced him to life in prison with a non-parole period of 32 years.

"It can only be concluded that you used your daughter in an attempt to hurt your former wife as profoundly as possible," the judge said.