He described how Smith went to Mr Branch's home, waiting for an hour in the kitchen before attacking him with the hammer he'd brought with him.
"You rained down blows many times with it, mostly while he was on the floor, helpless," the judge said. "You confronted him, hit him in the head with the hammer, he went down, tried to get up, that is when your tendency to sudden rage exerted itself and you rained blows on his face and head some leaving circular indents in his skull and face."
Justice Brewer noted Mr Branch had taken Smith and others in as flatmates in a house owned by his mother who evicted the group because of the damage they caused.
He outlined Smith's "dreadful" upbringing which included physical and emotional neglect and no secure figure to guide him.
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|28-10-2016||Sentencing||High Court Rotorua||Murder||01-03-2016||Life Imprisonment||▼|