Phillip Layton Edwards
This offender had been released on parole less than a month before he murdered David Mc Nee. He had only served half of a two year sentence, and had already re-offended twice between his release and this offence. He should never have been released in the first place, and should have had his parole rescinded on the first offence, within days of his release.
Has now reoffended and was back in custody, Herald story here
Has since gone on the run again after allegedly abducting a two year old boy, story here
Data from Sunday Star Times 17th August 2003
He was found guilty in August 2004 not of murder but of manslaughter - yet he had hit his victim not once but over 30 times, before calmly looting his house and stealing his car.
NZ Herald story here
From the Dominion Post 14th April 2005
THE killer of celebrity interior designer David McNee has lost his appeal against a nine-year prison term for manslaughter. In its decision yesterday, the Court of Appeal said the sentence was not out of line with comparable manslaughter cases. Phillip Layton Edwards, 24, had been out of prison just 11 days - and been arrested twice - when he jumped into Mr McNee's sports car as the designer cruised Auckland's Karangahape Rd.
Edwards said he had agreed to perform a solo sex act in front of Mr McNee for money but Mr McNee began touching him, causing him to lose control. The trial judge was not convinced Mr McNee had gone as far as Edwards said. The trial judge believed Mr McNee was hit 30 to 40 times. Edwards did nothing to help Mr McNee. Instead he showered, took clothes, alcohol, Mr McNee's wallet and his car. He drove around, bragging that he had killed someone .Left alone during a videotaped police interview, Edwards did a rap and said he considered himself a star. The Court of Appeal said the trial judge was "fully justified" in deciding that Edwards' expressions of remorse were contrived.
Edwards' appeal said he should have been given credit at sentencing for being willing to plead guilty to manslaughter. The Crown had gone to trial on a murder charge, but the jury brought the manslaughter verdict. The Court of Appeal said the plea offer was not enough. He should have put forward his account of what happened. If the jury decided the killing was manslaughter, the judge could look at Edwards' version of events and see if it was probably true in the light of the evidence. But Edwards' evidence was considered only reasonably likely to be true, not probably true. The trial judge had been right not to reduce his sentence, the court said.
Date of Birth
Killing of David McNee in St Mary's Bay, Auckland in late July 2003
Also several other assaults, possessing weapons etc
Second photo taken 2012
under "supervision" in Auckland
Sentenced to just 9 years with a 4 year 6 month non parole period in September 2004
Unsuccessfully appealed this sentence in April 2005
Released June 2012
Inevitably breached his conditions just months later
Sentenced to 60 hours community work and 12 months supervision in October 2012
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