Search Browse On This Day Map Quotations Timeline Research Free Datasets Remembered About Contact

McNee killer's blackmail jail letters

Sat 2 Oct 2004 In: New Zealand Daily News

David McNee's killer is hoping to expose other high-profile men who paid him for sex, casting serious doubts on the homosexual panic defence used to get him off a murder charge. Since Phillip Edwards was moved from Mt Eden prison to Auckland Prison at Paremoremo last week, the 24-year-old has tried to send letters to four Auckland men asking for money. He allegedly told the men he would tell the media that they paid him for sex. Guards would not send Edwards' letters because they viewed them as extortion, says a prison source. Edwards apparently punched walls when his letters were rejected and broke his hand. Edwards is currently serving a nine-year sentence for the manslaughter of David McNee, whom he punched to death at McNee's Auckland home during a paid sexual encounter. He was found not guilty of murder. Edwards' defence successfully argued that the killing was not intentional.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Saturday, 2nd October 2004 - 12:00pm

Rights Information

This page displays a version of a article that was automatically harvested before the website closed. All of the formatting and images have been removed and some text content may not have been fully captured correctly. The article is provided here for personal research and review and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of If you have queries or concerns about this article please email us