Pictured – Drama student who killed Sutton Coldfield granddad after ‘chance meeting’ in pub

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This is the student who brutally killed a Sutton Coldfield granddad after a chance encounter at a Boldmere pub.

Rhys Reynolds was today – October 14 – found guilty of the manslaughter of pensioner Tony McCorry at Birmingham Crown Court.

The jury heard that 20-year-old Reynolds, of Landswood Close, Kingstanding, met Mr McCorry in his local pub in Boldmere on December 10.

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The 72-year-old, a dad-of-two and grandfather-of-eight, had enjoyed a few pints and mislaid his walking stick. He was unsteady on his feet and accepted Reynolds’ offer to help him home as the pub was closing.

But less than half an hour later, Mr McCorry lay dying on his bedroom floor with serious injuries to his head, neck and chest.

At the same time, Reynolds – a university student – called a number of friends to ask them to cover for him. They advised him to call an ambulance but he refused.

It was nearly two hours later, when one friend tracked Reynolds via his Snapchat account to Mr McCorry’s Stonehouse Road home that the alarm was raised.

When paramedics arrived, Reynolds claimed to be a relative and suggested Mr McCorry had fallen. Despite the efforts of medics Mr McCorry suffered a heart attack and died.

At court Reynolds’ credibility was brought into question when the prosecuting barrister, Richard Atkins QC, highlighted up to 24 different accounts which the drama student had given of how Mr McCorry came by his injuries.  

Initially Reynolds claimed that Mr McCorry had fallen down the stairs and, in an earlier telephone call, Reynolds attempted to convince one of his friends that he was being held against his will. In the call he said: ‘Why is he doing this to me?’ and ‘Make him stop.’ but the evidence demonstrated that Mr McCorry was already incapacitated by this point.

Reynolds later went on to claim that he was attacked by the 72-year-old and had struck Mr McCorry in self-defence.

However, Forensic Pathologist, Dr Biedryzycki informed the court of several sites of injury including multiple fractures to Mr McCorry’s larynx with the most likely cause being forceful neck compression.

Ultimately the jury followed the evidence, rejecting Reynolds’ version of events and returned a verdict of manslaughter.

Detective Sergeant Rory Juss, from the West Midlands Police’s homicide unit, 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.”

Reynolds will be sentenced on 27 November.





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