Man found guilty of manslaughter over one-punch death of NZ trained heart surgeon in Melbourne

A Melbourne jury has found a man guilty of manslaughter after he punched a New Zealand trained heart surgeon outside a hospital, leading to his death.

Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann was punched in the foyer of Box Hill Hospital in May 2017, ending up in a critical condition at The Alfred hospital before his life support was turned off one month later.

It's understood the father of twin girls was struck in the head in the hospital's foyer after asking a man to stop smoking near the hospital entrance.

Joseph Esmaili, was charged with intentionally causing serious injury at the time.

This afternoon a Melbourne jury found the 24-year-old guilty of manslaughter, Nine News reports.

Dr Prtizwald-Stegmann, 41, attended Hamilton's Hillcrest High School and graduated from Otago University in 2002 before moving to Australia.

Dr Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann. Source: 1 NEWS