Sydney actor Blake Davis has been sentenced to five years and three months for the samurai sword killing of a man who attacked him during a botched home invasion.
- Blake Davis received a non-parole period of two years and nine months
- In sentencing, the judge accepted it was a “horrifying experience” for Davis
- His partner Hannah Quinn will be sentenced as an accessory after the fact to manslaughter next month
The 31-year-old was last year cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter by a jury over the August 2018 death of rapper Jett McKee.
Armed with knuckle dusters and a replica gun, McKee punched Davis and threatened his girlfriend Hannah Quinn in their inner-city granny flat at Forest Lodge.
The court heard Quinn chased McKee down the street after he snatched her bag and when her boyfriend caught up to them, he cracked McKee’s skull with the sword.
Justice Natalie Adams sentenced Davis to a non-parole period of two years and nine months behind bars.
“I am left with no doubt that the lives of both the McKee family and the Davis family have been shattered forever as a result of the events that occurred on Hereford Street, Forest Lodge,” she said.
Davis’s eyes welled up as he learned his fate, while Quinn looked on anxiously from the public gallery with relatives.
Justice Adams said the home invasion would have been a “horrifying experience” for anyone, let alone someone with Davis’s anxiety and PTSD.
“I accept Mr Davis is not a man usually prone to violence and reacted to the extraordinary circumstances he was facing,” Justice Adams said.
During the trial the court heard McKee, 30, had toxic to lethal levels of the drug ice in his system and targeted the couple because he believed they were dealing drugs.
On Tuesday, Justice Adams rejected Quinn’s claims during a police interview that McKee was pointing his imitation gun at her when Davis swung the sword.
The judge was satisfied McKee “did not pose any immediate threat” to Quinn such as to render the sword strike a reasonable response.
However, she “soundly rejected” the Crown’s case that Davis murdered McKee “in cold blood” to teach others a lesson about robbing drug dealers.
“This is a moderately serious case of manslaughter by excessive self-defence, but nowhere near as high as contended by the Crown,” Justice Adams said.
Last month, McKee’s fiancée Averil Bowers stared down the offenders during a sentencing hearing and condemned them for portraying themselves as victims.
She said they used every tactic at their disposal to vindicate themselves while “villainising” McKee.
Davis has previously apologised for taking a life and said he “died emotionally” on the day.
But he has also insisted his only intention was to save Quinn and admitted he did not accept the jury’s verdict.
Justice Adams accepted Davis was “very remorseful” for the killing and that his mental health had been “profoundly impacted” by his actions.
But Davis’s insistence that his actions were warranted meant his remorse was not the same as having remorse for the offence of manslaughter, Justice Adams said.
Davis and Quinn spent days on the run in hotels before they handed themselves in to police.
Quinn, 26, was tried on a murder charge but part-way through the trial the judge directed the jury to find her not guilty.
Justice Adams agreed that the evidence, taken at its highest, could not establish that Quinn formed an agreement with her boyfriend to inflict injury on McKee.
Quinn was instead found guilty of being an accessory after the fact to manslaughter and will be sentenced next month.
Davis’ appeal rejected
Davis immediately applied for bail pending an appeal against his conviction, which was rejected.
His barrister argued there was an accumulation of matters during the trial that gave rise to a miscarriage of justice, and that Davis’s appeal had a reasonable prospect of success.
“Having considered all of the grounds of appeal … I’m unable to accept that Mr Davis’s prospects of appeal rise any higher than being reasonably open,” Justice Adams said in rejecting the application.
Davis blew a kiss to Quinn and his mother as he was led away.
He will be eligible for parole in August 2023.
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