Northern Ireland

Tomas Hornay must serve at least 10 years for Dungannon murder

Tomas Hornay Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption Tomas Hornay has been told he must serve at least 10 years of a life sentence

A man who said he stabbed his friend to death because of "voices" must serve at least 10 years of a life sentence.

Tomas Hornay, 36, attacked Luis Nazario Ximines with two kitchen knives at the house they shared in Dungannon, County Tyrone, on 1 August 2013.

Hornay was being treated in a secure mental health facility, but on Friday doctors said he could be returned to Maghaberry Prison.

A judge said Hornay had made a clear decision to kill Mr Ximines.

He added that while Hornay accepts he is responsible for his friend's death, according to pre-sentence reports: "He continues to say that he was directed to kill the deceased by spirits or voices."

In January, Hornay was convicted of murder after the jury rejected defence arguments that at the time he was suffering from diminished responsibility or at least a loss of control after voices told him to kill his friend.

He was given a life sentence on Tuesday, but the setting of a minimum term was put off until Friday.

During the trial, the court heard that Hornay, who along with his victim is originally from East Timor, told doctors he heard "several voices" telling him to kill his friend after the victim insulted his wife.

Mr Ximines was asleep in the house when Hornay armed himself with two kitchen knives, mixed chilli seeds in some water and threw the mixture into his victim's face.

He stabbed him about the neck and chest, causing fatal injuries.

More on this story