Sentencing hearing for Oak Bay dad convicted of killing daughters set for December

A sentencing hearing for an Oak Bay man convicted of killing his young daughters on Christmas Day two years ago will be held in Victoria Dec. 16 to 19.

On Sept. 26, a B.C. Supreme Court jury found Andrew Berry guilty of the second-degree murder of six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry. The two girls were stabbed to death in his Beach Drive apartment.

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Berry will automatically be sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 10 to 25 years.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Miriam Gropper must decide how long Berry will have to wait to apply for parole, and whether the two sentences for his two murder convictions will be served concurrently or consecutively.

On Tuesday, Crown prosecutor Patrick Weir, Berry’s lawyer, Kevin McCullough and Gropper agreed on the dates for what’s expected to be a four-day hearing.

Gropper will have to decide what facts the jury relied on to reach their two guilty verdicts. A number of people, including the girls’ mother, Sarah Cotton, are expected to read victim-impact statements into the court record.

The hearing dates may change because of scheduling conflicts.

Berry, wearing red sweatpants and a red sweatshirt, made a brief appearance by video from the North Fraser pretrial custody centre.

Berry is expected to appear in person on Dec. 16.

ldickson@timescolonist.com

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