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Two men accused of beating a man and leaving him hog-tied to fatally asphyxiate in his Sandringham home have been found guilty of manslaughter.

Lester Cordwell, of Guardian Chambers fought hard in a recent High Court murder trial to get the jury discharged, due to the current social distancing requirements. The trial Judge disagreed.

That's the question jurors will have to grapple with when they decide whether the defendant is guilty of murdering a pensioner in September last year.


His counsel, led by Annabel Cresswell, are seeking a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity
for the man who changed his name to a Hebrew name translated literally to "hand or messenger of God".

Defence lawyer Annabel Cresswell told the jury her client was suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis at the time of the killing.

Man accused of murdering 69 year old, entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murder in the High Court in Auckland, with his lawyer Annabel Cresswell adding that this was by way of insanity.

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