An American man who killed a fitness instructor from south Wales – who had tried to help him after a bar fight – has been convicted of reckless manslaughter and weapons offences but cleared of murder.
Lavern Ritch, 37, was stabbed while on holiday in New Jersey in 2007.
Penarth-born Mr Ritch offered assitance to Robert Davies, 49, after Davies had been attacked in a bar in Margate, New Jersey.
Davies told the court that he feared for his life on the night Mr Ritch was stabbed, thinking he was being attacked by a gang member.
The jury heard Mr Ritch held up his hands and said: “I’m just trying to help you” before Mr Davies stabbed him.
Davies began the trial by conducting his own defence but then stepped down and a defence lawyer was appointed.
The jury found Davies guilty of reckless manslaughter, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.
He was acquitted of murder and aggravated manslaughter.