Man kills girlfriend, steals her inheritance during crack binge

"It was crack that got me into that situation that night; it wasn't me, it was a different guy," Larry Keam told a court filled with McKay's family members and friends Tuesday. (QMI Agency Photo Illustration)

Dean Pritchard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Lenny Keam says he was in the grip of a three-day crack binge when he stabbed his girlfriend Belinda McKay to death, left her young son in their apartment and stole her bank card to continue drinking at a bar.

"It was crack that got me into that situation that night; it wasn't me, it was a different guy," Keam told a court filled with McKay's family members and friends Tuesday.

"I know you guys hate me, I know you guys want to hurt me," he said. "I just want to tell you that I'm really sorry. Deep down I'm a really nice guy."

Keam, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the March 9, 2012 killing and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years.

Court heard Keam and McKay, 38, had been smoking crack at McKay's Reitta Street apartment when Keam attacked McKay with a knife, stabbing her several times in the chest and abdomen.

At some point during the attack, McKay sought refuge in the bathroom and Keam broke the door down to get to her, Crown attorney Debbie Buors said.

"This wasn't just one stab," Buors said. "This was multiple stabs and she was fighting for her life."

Court heard McKay had recently received an inheritance of several thousand dollars and that Keam knew her bank card number.


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