Student battered granddad, 72, to death after offering to walk him home from pub

Student battered granddad, 72, to death after offering to walk him home from pub

 

A university student has been convicted of manslaughter after he killed a pensioner following his offer to walk him home from the pub.

Rhys Reynolds attacked 72-year-old Tony McCorry in his home after the granddad-of-eight accepted his offer of help during a chance meeting as the pub was closing.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the 20-year-old from Kingstanding, met Mr McCorry in his local pub in Boldmere where the pensioner used to enjoy a few pints.

On the fateful night Mr McCorry had mislaid his walking stick and was unsteady on his feet when Reynolds said he’d take him back to his home in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

But once inside the drama student attacked him leaving him dying on his bedroom floor with serious injuries to his head, neck and chest on December 10.

Jurors hear Reynolds called a number of friends and asked them to cover up for him while refusing to follow their advice and call an ambulance.

The alarm was raised two hours later when one of his concerned friends used Reynolds’ Snapchat account to track down his location and called an ambulance for the pensioner.

When paramedics arrived Reynolds posed as a relative of Mr McCorry and suggested he had sustained his injuries in a fall.

Mr McCorry died from a heart attack as paramedics desperately tried to save his life.

During Reynolds’ trial jurors heard he came up with 24 different stories to how Mr McCorry sustained his injuries after initially claiming he had fallen down the stairs.

He also claimed the pensioner was holding him against his will, telling one of his friends in a phone call: “Why is he doing this to me?” and “Make him stop.”

However the court heard Mc McCorry was probably dying at the time of the call to his pal.

Reynolds also claimed he had killed the pensioner in self-defence but forensic pathologist, Dr Biedryzycki said Mr MCorry’s injuries included multiple fractures to his larynx which was probably caused by forceful neck compression.

On Wednesday he was convicted of manslaughter and will be sentenced on November 27.

Detective Sergeant Rory Juss, investigating officer, said: “Sadly today’s verdict will not bring Mr McCorry back.

“He leaves behind two sons and eight grandchildren who continue to grieve his loss. I hope today’s conviction will help them come to terms with his death.”

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