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Man who killed friend handed life sentence

By Michael Donnelly

A Timorese man who stabbed a friend to death after hearing "voices" urging him to do so has been jailed for life.

Mr Justice Burgess will rule on Friday how much time 36-year-old Tomas Hornay must serve for the August 2013 murder of his friend, Luis Nazario Ximines.

Hornay was convicted by a Dungannon Crown Court jury in January of murdering his workmate, also from East Timor, after stabbing him in the neck and chest with two kitchen knives in the Woodvale Park house they shared in the Co Tyrone town.

While awaiting trial Hornay was transferred from prison in November 2013, to the Shannon Clinic in south Belfast, Northern Ireland's only secure mental health facility.

Yesterday at Dungannon court, sitting in Belfast's Laganside, prosecutors argued that the starting sentence should be one of 12 years, while the defence contended that it should be reduced to one of not more than nine years.

It was alleged Mr Ximines made sexually derogatory comments about Hornay's wife, which played on his mind, and that in the month leading up to the fatal attack, he was unable to sleep, and "spent all night thinking" about Mr Ximines.

Consultant forensic psychiatrist Dr Adrian East, who leads the Shannon Clinic, told his trial that Hornay described being distressed and angered by the insults.

"He stated that over that period he wanted to kill the deceased and he went on to say that he was experiencing several voices telling him to kill the deceased," the psychiatrist said.

On the day of the killing, Hornay told doctors he was getting ready to go to work at Moy Park but became "increasingly angry and began formulating a plan to harm the deceased" because "he couldn't take it any more".

The court heard Mr Ximines was asleep when Hornay armed himself with two kitchen knives before stabbing him.

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