Local found guilty of manslaughter

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An Oamaru man was found guilty of manslaughter during a retrial at the Timaru High Court yesterday.

A jury of six men and six women came back from deliberations yesterday and announced that Daniel Ethan Smith, 20, was not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter after stabbing 16-year-old William Lewis four years ago.

Lewis was stabbed in the back three times following an altercation with Smith (then aged 16) on Exe St at about 9.45pm on April 1, 2010.

Last Wednesday, Smith pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lewis, stating it was in self-defence.

Smith had previously been sentenced to life imprisonment after being found guilty of murder in 2011.

His sentencing will be held at the Timaru High Court on August 29.