Jeremmie Iko from Giri village, Bogia, Madang Province was found guilty by Justice George Manuhu last week for assaulting a policeman in his sleep.
The assault resulted in the rupturing of the policeman’s spleen, causing his death.
The court found that Iko on April 12, 2012 at East Boroko attacked the officer who was sleeping while he was under the influence of alcohol.
The court found the victim had owed Iko some money and the attack was in relation to the debt.
Manuhu said both the victim and Iko met while living in Kimbe.