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World ‘Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker’ convicted of killing elderly man in New Jersey

A Canadian man who gained internet fame as “Kai the Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker” has been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of a New Jersey man almost six years ago.

Jurors in Union County convicted 30-year-old Caleb “Kai” McGillvary on Wednesday in the May, 2013, death of 73-year-old lawyer Joseph Galfy.

Authorities say the two met in New York and the defendant stayed at Mr. Galfy’s home.

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Mr. McGillvary was arrested in Philadelphia days later.

He alleged that he acted in self-defence following an attempted sexual assault, but prosecutors said his statements were inconsistent and also cited the victim’s extensive injuries.

The Canadian gained some online fame after intervening in a 2012 assault on a California utility worker in which he described using a hatchet to fend off a further attack.

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