Boxer's death: man found guilty of manslaughter
John Marceta ... stabbed to death in 2011.
A Sydney man has been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a former professional boxer, with a jury accepting his claim that he was not guilty of murder because there was an element of self defence.
Craig Charles Pitts, 29, was charged with murder over the August 2011 stabbing death of John Marceta, 38, who was killed in the hallway of a housing estate on Morehead Street, Redfern.
During the course of the trial, the jury heard that Mr Marceta was one of a group of men who went up to Mr Pitts's unit on the afternoon of August 2 to buy cannabis.
The court heard that, when Mr Pitts told Mr Marceta to go away because he did not have any cannabis to sell them, Mr Marceta kicked the accused's door, possibly with the intention of breaking in.
The Crown alleged that Mr Pitts then grabbed a knife from his kitchen sink and confronted the men, killing Mr Marceta with a single 14-centimetre stab wound that penetrated his heart.
But Mr Pitts said that he was attacked by the group, who dragged him out into the corridor and began punching and kicking him.
He said that he delivered the knife blow during this attack and was acting in defence of himself and his family.
A member of Mr Pitts's family later told police they heard him shout: "I've killed someone, I didn't mean to ... saving my family."
On Thursday, a Supreme Court jury partially accepted Pitts's defence, finding him not guilty of murder but guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.
He will return to court on December 13 for sentencing.
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