A Tauranga man who bashed another to death over the theft of a packet of cigarettes and a cellphone has been jailed for at least 11 years.
Mark Rangiwaiao, 43, a sickness beneficiary, was sentenced in the High Court at Tauranga on Wednesday after earlier admitting murdering Colin Bidois, 50.
The pair were drinking at a party in central Tauranga in December last year when a cellphone and packet of cigarettes went missing.
They were found in Mr Bidois' pocket, and Rangiwaiao attacked him, punching him several times.
Despite attempts by others to restrain him, Rangiwaiao stomped on his victim's head and upper back as he lay on the ground.
Mr Bidois tried to climb a fence to return to his house, but Rangiwaiao dragged him down and attacked him again, punching him and stomping on his head again.
Mr Bidois was unconscious and died on the pavement.
Justice Paul Heath said it was clear Rangiwaiao had a dysfunctional and sad upbringing.
Rangiwaiao had a history of aggression, violence and heavy drinking.
However, he had expressed remorse for the killing and was willing to take part in the restorative justice process.
Justice Heath jailed Rangiwaiao for a minimum period of 11 years.
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