Man deported after prison for banjo murder

  • 27/02/2016
Man deported after prison for banjo murder

A Hungarian tourist who killed an Auckland man by severely beating him with a banjo has been deported from New Zealand.

Ferdinand Ambach served eight years of a 12-year sentence for killing Auckland pensioner Ronald Brown.

Mr Brown's battered body was found at his flat in the early hours of December 7, 2007, and he died three days later in hospital after his life support was switched off.

At the trial the Crown said Ambach struck Mr Brown five times with a 2.7kg banjo then rammed the broken-off handle down Mr Brown's throat.

Ambach was in New Zealand on a tourist visa. He had argued the victim, a gay man, provoked him by making an unwanted sexual advance.

Ambach was released on February 17 for immediate deportation to Hungary.

In a decision the Parole Board said Ambach was ashamed of what he did, felt genuine remorse and had demonstrated good behaviour in prison.