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Man with Sopranos delusion stabbed mate

A VICTORIAN man who believed he had been raped by the mob boss from US TV drama The Sopranos killed his friend by stabbing him 46 times, a court heard today.
Callum Zane Smith, 21, has pleaded guilty to the charge of defensive homicide, for stabbing and killing Christopher Leone outside the victim's Warrnambool flat in 2006.
In the lead-up to the June 14 attack, Smith had suffered paranoia and psychotic episodes, a pre-sentence hearing was told today.
Smith, of Warrnambool, believed he had been anally raped by fictional mob boss Tony Soprano from the US drama series The Sopranos. He had also heard voices telling him to harm himself and his brother, Smith's barrister Campbell Thomson told today's hearing.
The initial hearing, held in Warrnambool in May, was adjourned so a further psychologist's report could be obtained.
The new report found Smith suffered schizophrenia, which had been aggravated by drug abuse, the court was told today.
Smith was discovered stabbing Mr Leone outside the 31-year-old's Koroit Street unit on June 14 by police officers, who arrived at the scene within one minute of receiving an emergency call.
Crown prosecutor Mark Gibson told the May hearing that as Mr Leone lay dying, he told police Smith had come to his flat and they had argued about picking up rubbish off the floor.
"Callum reckoned I threatened him, but I didn't," he told the officers.
Mr Leone said he had known Smith for two or three weeks.
But Smith told police the pair were arguing about hepatitis C when Mr Leone punched him then "looked" at a kitchen knife.
Believing Mr Leone would "go" him, Smith grabbed the knife and started stabbing his friend.
Mr Thomson today urged Victorian Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Curtain to consider Smith's youth, lack of prior convictions for violence and his prospects for rehabilitation when she delivers her sentence.
He said a sentence of up to six years, with a non-parole period of three to four-and-a-half years, would be appropriate.
Mr Thomson said his client's mental health had improved since he had been in custody and taking daily antipsychotic medication.
Paul D'Arcy, for the Crown, said Smith should receive a greater sentence and longer parole period so "he well and truly accepts and continues the treatment that he needs".
Justice Curtain remanded Smith in custody for sentencing on a date to be fixed.,21985,24430828-5005961,00.html
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