A Hungarian tourist has been deported after killing a man during a visit to New Zealand by stuffing a banjo down his throat.
Ferdinand Ambach, a divemaster from Hungary, had served eight years of the 12-year sentence he received for the brutal killing of Auckland pensioner Ronald James Brown in 2007. Ambach spent much of his time in prison improving his English.
Ambach had gone to New Zealand as a tourist, on a tourist visa. He escaped a murder conviction by successfully using the defence of provocation. His lawyer argued that Brown had provoked Ambach by making an unwanted sexual advance.
Police found Brown, 69, lying on the stairs of his apartment with part of a banjo rammed down his throat. He had also been beaten over the head with the instrument and bludgeoned with a dumbbell. He died in hospital three days later.
At his trial in 2009, Ambach’s lawyer argued that Brown might have attempted to rape the tourist, triggering a “monstrous rage”. He suggested that Ambach’s drink had been spiked.
Ambach, who was 32 when he committed the crime, was convicted of manslaughter. He is prohibited from returning to New Zealand during his parole period, which expires on 9 December 2019. Some in New Zealand are concerned he might try to return, but New Zealand tourist visas disqualify applicants who have been sentenced to imprisonment or deported from any country.
Similar character rules apply to anyone with a “substantial criminal record” wanting to visit Australia.
Written by Peter Needham