1 Nov 2021

Case #029 - David McNee

From Crimes NZ, 5:00 am on 1 November 2021

In 2003, Philip Edwards went to David McNee's house to perform a sex show for $120 but ended up killing the well known interior designer.

Elisabeth McDonald

Elisabeth McDonald has studied the use of provocation defences. Photo: University of Canterbury

McNee's killer used a partial 'provocation defence' which was at the time referred to as the 'gay panic' defence.

He was eventually found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 9 years in prison.

Law Professor Elisabeth McDonald from Canterbury University has looked into this case and the controversial defence used.


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