Killer’s part­ing shot at fam­ily

Manukau Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - TOMMY LIV­INGSTON

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.

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