Arnold Halkett, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of a Saskatoon man, Nicholaas Smith, will be sentenced on Feb. 5.
A judge adjourned the case to that date following a sentencing hearing Thursday for Halkett that had some twists and turns.
While everyone involved in the case is in agreement Halkett fatally stabbed Smith in Saskatoon last summer, the exact details of what happened that June night still prove elusive.
When asked to address the court Thursday, Halkett gave an account that surprised even his lawyer, George Combe — his manslaughter guilty plea sounded more like self defence.
After a short recess, George Combe got his client back on track.
"This stuff was dreams that were coming back to him, but he didn't actually have any recollection," Combe said.
Halkett admitted to being on a two-week booze and cocaine bender before the stabbing.
Combe said Halkett still "can't come to grips with what's happening in his head."
Prosecutor Matt Miazga argued for a 15 year sentence, noting that the 47-year-old accused has 106 prior convictions.
The defence is asking for 10 years.