One man has been convicted of murder and a second of manslaughter for killing a man with an axe during an argument over a pedigree chihuahua.

Wayne Cluskey, 25, of Mooretown, Ratoath, Co Meath, was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter for the killing of Christopher Nevin at Tailteann Rd, Navan, on 19 November, 2015.

Josh Turner, 24, of the same address, was convicted of Mr Nevin's murder.

The jury of nine men and three women reached both verdicts by ten to two majorities after more than two days of deliberations.

Justice Patrick McCarthy thanked the jurors and told them they are exempt from jury duty for ten years.

He remanded Cluskey and Turner in custody until 27 February for a sentencing hearing.

Prosecuting counsel Michael O'Higgins SC said Mr Nevin's family will make a statement on that date.

There were angry scenes as the verdicts were handed down with a plastic water bottle thrown at the two accused, hitting instead a junior barrister on the defence side.

Counsel for Cluskey asked for a prison governor's report to be supplied.

The court heard during the trial that Turner had loaned Mr Nevin a male chihuahua to breed with three female chihuahuas. But only one of the dogs became pregnant and a dispute arose over what Turner would be paid.

In his evidence to the trial Turner said that Mr Nevin had agreed to pay him and that is why he and Cluskey called to Mr Nevin's house that November afternoon.

Mr Nevin was struck with an axe several times during an altercation outside the house.

Cluskey and Turner went voluntarily to Navan Garda Station four days later and admitted their roles in Mr Nevin's death.

Turner claimed that he had lost control after Mr Nevin threatened him and struck Cluskey.

Cluskey said that he was defending Turner when he ran in carrying the axe.

Mr Justice McCarthy had told the jury that they should find Cluskey guilty of manslaughter if they believed that he thought he was defending Turner but that he used unreasonable force in doing so.

He said they should find Turner guilty of murder if they believed that he intended to kill or cause serious injury to Mr Nevin and that he had not lost all self control.