Warning – This story discusses graphic particulars of a homicide and should misery some readers.
The mom of a person shot within the head thrice has instructed his killer her world has fallen aside since her son’s loss of life.
Jay Lingman has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimal non-parole interval of 15 years for murdering Denver Likelihood at his rural property south of Auckland two years in the past.
After Denver Likelihood was reported lacking in February 2019, his mom Paula McGregor instructed the courtroom his household and buddies searched tirelessly for him, worrying whether or not he had been concerned in a automotive accident.
Nonetheless, Lingman had shot her son, dragged his physique right down to a carport and used a chainsaw to suit it right into a chest freezer. The physique was discovered two weeks later.
McGregor mentioned her world fell aside.
“I am unable to even start to suppose any element about what occurred to Denver’s physique after he was killed. The degradation and disrespect is staggering and very exhausting to grasp. Due to what was completed to Denver’s physique, I couldn’t even maintain his hand or bodily contact him to say goodbye,” she mentioned.
“I’ve tried all types of the way to try to get some peace again into my life. I do know that I’ve to try to dwell with what occurred, however discovering any true pleasure is now nearly not possible.”
Denver Likelihood’s sister – Virginia O’Sullivan, who lives in the US – offered a recorded sufferer impression assertion to the courtroom. She described her brother as a delicate teddy bear.
“My coronary heart feels prefer it’s being pulled out of my chest as I learn this. It is so troublesome to place into phrases how a lot somebody means to you when you understand they don’t seem to be right here anymore.
“I am not the identical particular person I used to be. I’ve misplaced the coping mechanism to deal with stress. I needed to depart my job, my chef job engaged on tremendous yachts that I liked for the final 12 years all as a result of the stress was not one thing my physique and thoughts may address.”
Through the trial, Lingman argued he was performing in self-defence when he shot Denver Likelihood within the head, however the jury didn’t settle for that.
Each males had been drug sellers, and Justice Harland mentioned Likelihood’s household had no concept of his involvement within the drug world.
“The world of drug dealing is an insidious and harmful world, and it’s a tragedy that any of you have got turn out to be concerned in what has transpired right here,” she mentioned.
Justice Harland mentioned what Lingman did to Denver Likelihood’s physique had a profound impression on his household and buddies.
“It has triggered them appreciable trauma, making it profoundly tougher for them to return to phrases with what has occurred to the particular person they liked.”
On the primary day of the trial, Lingman pleaded responsible to 3 drug possession prices. Justice Harland sentenced him to 1 yr in jail for these offences, to be served concurrently.