A Bay of Plenty man has been found guilty of the murder of an Opotiki mother.
A jury of 12 took six hours to find Robert Hohua guilty.
Hohua, 36, was arrested after he beat Marie Rose Harlick to death at an address in Wellington Street on November 22.
Marie died following a 20 minute assault in which Hohua punched, kicked and stomped her, with the sounds reverberating through the house and alerting neighbours, who called police.
Hohua originally pleaded not guilty to murder, but admitted killing her.
Justice Anne Hinton remanded Hohua in custody for sentence on December 13.