Psychotic Kiwi man, 24, who broke into a campervan and shot dead an Australian surfer as he slept alongside his fiancée pleads guilty to murder
The man who killed an Australian surfer by shooting him as he slept next to his partner in a campervan has pleaded guilty to murder.
Sean McKinnon, 33, and his partner Bianca Buckley were holidaying in Raglan, on New Zealand‘s rugged west coast on August 16, 2019 when he was shot several times.
Ms Buckley, a midwife, managed to flee to safety, sparking a massive search for the shooter.
Mark Ronald Garson, 24, was due to stand trial in November after pleading not guilty to murder and threatening to kill.
He changed his plea to guilty in the High Court at Hamilton on Wednesday, the New Zealand Herald reported.
Sean McKinnon (right) had been travelling New Zealand in a campervan with his Canadian fiancee Bianca Buckley (left) when his life was cut short early on Friday morning
Mark Ronald Garson, 24, was due to stand trial in November after pleading not guilty to murder and threatening to kill
Garson will be sentenced at a later date.
Ms Buckley opened up about her heartache during the sentencing hearing for the man charged with supplying the gun.
She told the court she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, including flashbacks of the event.
‘How do I use simple words to describe how you illegally supplying that gun has torn my world apart,’ Buckley’s victim impact statement said.
‘I believe your actions enabled the death of my fiance, the love of my life, and I witnessed it all.’
The couple had been sleeping inside the campervan, which was parked in a remote car park in the small town when Garson forced his way inside.
Mr McKinnon died at the scene.
Ms Buckley ran for several kilometres before she managed to raise the alarm at a farm house.