One of the country's youngest convicted killers, Bailey Junior Kurariki, has been spared another prison term.
He was sentenced on in Manukau District Court onThursday to 12 months' supervision for assaulting his girlfriend and breaching the conditions imposed after he was released from jail last year.
The jail sentence related to the killing of pizza worker Michael Choy in Auckland in 2001, when Kurariki was 12.
He was arrested again in March for assaulting his girlfriend in Otara.
The three breaches relate to drinking and taking drugs.
Judge Ida Malosi told a casually dressed Kurariki there is no way to justify using violence against his partner, and a jail term had been recommended, but he should be given a chance to prove himself.
She said she was concerned about Kurariki playing the system in the past and called the breaches stupid and irresponsible.
Kurariki is not allowed to speak to media, as part of his supervision order.