A father who fatally bashed a fellow heroin addict with a hammer in front of his six-year-old son will spend at least eight years behind bars.

The 51-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his son, was sentenced to 10 years in jail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday for the manslaughter of Ethan John Hunt in May 2014.

The court heard Mr Hunt died from a ruptured spleen after he was struck with a hammer during an argument about money he owed to the man, who will have to serve eight years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/heroin-user-jailed-for-fatal-hammer-attack-20161128-gsz1jl.html