Grief-stricken fiancée’s chilling words to a cold-blooded killer who gunned down the love of her life while trying to steal their campervan during a road trip around New Zeland
- Sean McKinnon, 33, and fiancee Bianca Buckley were attacked in New Zealand
- Mr McKinnon was shot to death inside their campervan at Raglan in August 2019
- His fiancee managed to escape by fleeing into nearby bushland in bare feet
- Mark Ronald Garson, 24, pleaded guilty to murder at the Hamilton High Court
- Ms Buckley lashed out at Garson for allowing proceedings to drag on so long
A woman who fled barefoot into bushland while her fiance was murdered in their campervan has lashed out at his killer in court.
Sean McKinnon, 33, was shot to death while sleeping in a rented campervan on New Zealand‘s North Island’s west coast near Raglan with his fiancee, Bianca Buckley, 32.
The pair were ambushed in the middle of their holiday on August 16, 2019.
Before Miss Buckley escaped from her fiance’s killer on foot he threatened to kill her too.
Sean McKinnon (right) had been travelling New Zealand in a campervan with his Canadian fiancee Bianca Buckley (left) when they were randomly attacked on on August 16, 2019
Mark Ronald Garson, 24, pleaded guilty to Mr McKinnon’s murder after appearing at Hamilton High Court via audiovisual link on Wednesday.
He also admitted to threatening to kill his fiancee Ms Buckley during the random attack, reported Stuff.
Ms Buckley said no prison sentence will be adequate punishment for her fiance’s death.
‘I don’t think I need to spell out the magnitude of the impact that murdering my future husband before my eyes and then threatening to kill me has had on the life of myself and our loved ones…’ Ms Buckley said in a statement through victim advocate Ruth Money.
Mark Ronald Garson, 24, (pictured) was due to stand trial in November after pleading not guilty to murder and threatening to kill
‘No punishment he ever receives will balance out his wrongdoing.
‘I’m just glad he has finally stopped wasting everyone’s time by pleading guilty.’
The victim’s family will be flying over to New Zealand to attend the sentencing.
Garson was arrested and charged by New Zealand police on August 16, 2019 but there were lengthy delays to proceedings due to mental health concerns.
He was only deemed mentally fit to enter a plea in December, when he claimed he was not guilty.
Since admitting culpability on Wednesday he has been remanded in custody until his sentencing on December 9.
Ms Buckley said no prison sentence will be adequate punishment for her fiance’s death (pictured together)
A supporter’s cries rang out through the courtroom as the accused killer was led out of: ‘Love you my, bro,’ he said.
Garson’s admission of guilt makes him subject to New Zealand’s three strikes law.
If he is convicted of any violent offences he will be sentenced to prison without parole or early release.
He was due to stand trial in November until he entered a guilty plea on Wednesday.
Sean McKinnon, 33, and his partner Bianca Buckley were holidaying in Raglan, on New Zealand’s rugged west coast, Police later found the campervan in Gordonton, 75-minutes from the scene of the shooting. Mr McKinnon’s body was inside the vehicle.
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.
McKinnon was shot several times.
Ms Buckley, a Canadian midwife, managed to flee to safety, sparking a search for the shooter.
Police later found the campervan in Gordonton, 75 minutes from the scene of the shooting. Mr McKinnon’s body was inside the vehicle.
Mr McKinnon’s fiance, Canadian midwife Bianca Buckley, was sleeping alongside Mr McKinnon in his campervan when he was shot several times on August 16, 2019