Killer’s parting shot at family
Bodi McKee yelled at his victim’s family to ‘‘get f.....’’ after being sentenced to six years and three months in prison for shooting dead Leslie Putt in Auckland last year.
24-year-old McKee will spend a minimum of three years behind bars for killing Putt at a house in Manurewa last year, prompting a cry of approval from the gallery at the High Court in Auckland.
Earlier in the sentencing hearing, McKee hung his head and wept as Putt’s father told him he hoped his son’s ghost haunts him forever.
‘‘I know I am not allowed to wish harm on the offender, but I so wish I could,’’ read a victim advisor on behalf of Putt’s father, Antony Marsh.
‘‘My son was portrayed as the aggressor at trial, but he was not the one with the gun. Bodi, you stole my son’s life, you have his blood on your hands. I hope in your dreams you are faced with his ghost,’’ the statement read.
Putt died in his mother’s arms from the gunshot wound in the early hours of September 24, 2016, at a friend’s property in Manurewa, south Auckland.
‘‘My son was looking at me, he said, ‘I have been shot Mum, I love you’. He was in my lap like he had been 33 years ago… My baby, my son was dying in my arms,’’ a statement from Putt’s mother read.
McKee was found guilty of Putt’s manslaughter in August.
During the trial, Crown prosecutor Yelana Yelavich told the jury McKee went to the property, which played host to drug-dealing activity, with a loaded gun. He was let into the house by the residents but engaged in an argument with Putt, who was sleeping in a car in the driveway. The two men, who already shared bad blood, engaged in a heated fracas, with Putt saying he would fight McKee. Putt challenged McKee to put down the gun, Yelavich said, but McKee fired the weapon.
McKee fled the scene in a car immediately. A witness called 111 and ran to Putt’s mother’s house across the road.
Putt was unconscious with a gun shot wound to his abdomen when emergency services arrived. Ambulance services worked for half and hour to revive Putt but he was declared dead on Sunday morning.
McKee was later arrested, but the weapon, a .22 pistol, was never found.