Christopher Heenan has been found guilty of the 2007 murder
of Raukawa Newton in Rotorua.
A jury in the High Court at Rotorua took about three hours to
reach its guilty verdict today, after a retrial lasting
almost two weeks.
It was the Crown's case Heenan, now 54, had been drinking at
his home with Mr Newton on the evening of October 11, 2007.
Heenan became angry when Mr Newton, who suffered from bipolar
disorder, began "conjuring up gods".
He approached Mr Newton from behind and stabbed him with
either a large carving knife, a Leatherman tool or both. Mr
Newton's aorta was severed and he died within minutes.
Heenan had six superficial wounds to his abdomen and one to
his arm, which the Crown said were self-inflicted in an
attempt to make it look like Heenan had acted in