Australian Christian Hip-hop Producer Kodi Maybir Jailed for Abusing, Killing Girlfriend’s Son

Kodi James Maybir
Kodi James Maybir

A Christian hip-hop music producer who murdered his girlfriend’s intellectually disabled seven-year-old son following months of “cruel, degrading and inhumane” abuse has been sentenced to 42 years jail.

Kodi James Maybir, 32, claimed the little boy, Levai, had fallen off a pogo stick inside the music studio where the family lived in Oatley, in Sydney’s south, in May 2013.

Later, he told investigators that the seven-year-old had slipped while undertaking a bizarre punishment that involved balancing on a coffee tin. Then, when the case came to trial, he claimed he had accidentally caused Levai’s fatal injuries while they were play wrestling.

On Friday, Justice Robert Allan Hulme said Maybir’s versions of events were “outrageous and transparent lies aimed at minimising his own liability”.

Justice Hulme said the exact way the boy’s fractured skull and bleeding to the brain – caused by blunt force trauma – occurred “remains unknown to all except for Mr Maybir”. Maybir and the boy’s mother Kayla​ James failed to seek medical attention until Levai was found dead the next morning.

A post-mortem found dozens and dozens of both old and recent bruises, fractures, abrasions and scars on the boy’s 20.5 kg body – the result of months of mistreatment and cruel physical punishments in the lead-up to his death.

The Crown had called for a life sentence.

Justice Hulme said Maybir remains “completely unrepentant with no acknowledgement of the enormity of his inhumane conduct”.

However, he found the case was not in the worst category of murder because there was no evidence of premeditation and sentenced him to a maximum of 38 years with a non-parole period of 28-and-a-half years for murder.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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