A Brazilian man who killed an Irish man after being racially abused and physically assaulted will be sentenced next week.
Juraci Da Silva was living at Park Lane Apartments in Waterford having only moved to Ireland a few months beforehand to work in a local meat factory.
Just before 3am on Oct 8th 2016, his trial heard he met James Banville and Conor Hogan in an alleyway known as Cross Lanes.
Mr. Da Silva had never met them before and was attacked for no reason. Witnesses said they used racial insults.
They attacked him a second time near his home just 20 minutes later.
Afterwards, Mr. Da Silva ran after them and another fight broke out.
He stabbed both men and Mr. Banville from Clonroche in Co. Wexford who didn’t survive.
He was cleared of murder last month but found guilty of manslaughter.
At his sentence hearing today, Mr. Banville’s partner Marie told the court she hoped "the justice system would show you can't take the law into your hands."
A letter read out on behalf of Mr. Da Silva said he was still struggling to understand why the men attacked him that night. He said he wasn’t a violent person and was legally working in Ireland at the time.
Mr. Da Silva will be sentenced next Monday.