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Last updated 15:44 29/08/2014

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A jail term of five years and nine months for an Oamaru man led to an outburst in the High Court at Timaru today.

Daniel Ethan Smith was last month found guilty of the manslaughter of William Peter Lewis, and not guilty of murder, at a High Court retrial in Timaru.

At the retrial, Smith, now 20, claimed self-defence and pleaded not guilty.

When sentencing Smith today, Justice Rachel Dunningham set a starting point of eight years but discounted the sentence after taking into consideration Smith's age at the time of the 2010 stabbing.

Friends and family of Lewis expressed their anguish from the gallery when Justice Dunningham handed down the sentence.

One member of the public yelled: "He will kill again ... I hope he doesn't kill one of your kids, your Honour."

Smith has already served four years in custody. He was 16 when he stabbed Lewis, also 16, three times in the back in Exe St, Oamaru.

On May 6, 2011, Smith was convicted of murder by a jury of 10 women and two men in Timaru and was sentenced to life in jail, with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years.

Last year, three Court of Appeal judges quashed Smith's conviction and ordered a retrial.

All details of the hearing and of the Court of Appeal judgment were suppressed.

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- The Timaru Herald

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