The killer of a Brighton man has been cleared of his murder at Lewes Crown Court but convicted of manslaughter.
Michael Bishop, 24, will be sentenced on Friday 28 May when he is expected to be sent to prison.
He killed Stuart Slade, 35, who lived at the YMCA hostel in the Old Steine, Brighton.
Mr Slade died from stab wounds in Brighton on Tuesday 30 December 2008.
He was found with chest, head and back wounds in Hampton Place off Western Road, Brighton.
Bishop had not met Mr Slade until the night he killed him, but he was seeing Mr Slade’s former girlfriend, Helen Joyce, the mother of Mr Slade’s son.
Bishop told the jury at his trial that he had acted in self-defence after going to a bar to speak to Mr Slade, believing that he was harassing his girlfriend.
He said that Mr Slade had pulled a knife on him and told him that he was going to die.
The jury was told that Mr Slade had been stabbed repeatedly in the fight that took place almost 18 months ago.
Bishop, of no fixed address, fled to Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus in panic.
He was arrested by the authorities there and deported last October.