An aspiring actor has been convicted of killing a beloved grandfather-of-eight at his home in Sutton Coldfield.
Rhys Reynolds offered to help Tony McCorry, who had lost his walking stick, back to his home in Stonehouse Road, Boldmere, on December 11 last year from the Sutton Park Hotel.
But less than half an hour later Mr McCorry lay dying on his bedroom floor with serious injuries to his head, neck and chest after being attacked by Reynolds.
Mr McCorry had been laying seriously injured for around one hour and 40 minutes before an ambulance was called, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
The 72-year-old was later pronounced dead at Good Hope Hospital after suffering heart failure.
Reynolds later gave ELEVEN different accounts of what had happened to friends and medical staff.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court acquitted the 20-year-old, of Landswood Close, Kingstanding, of murder but convicted him of manslaughter.
Judge Francis Laird QC adjourned sentence until November 27 when he will decide whether to pass an extended sentence on the defendant.
Richard Atkins QC, prosecuting, said there were aggravating features which included Mr McCorry being “particularly vulnerable” because of his age and had been under the influence of drink when he was attacked.
The attack had been in his own home and a weapon had been used, he said.
During the trial, the defendant’s friend Katie Veal took to the witness stand. She told the court that Reynolds had made a “manic” call to her and told her “I hit him. I think he is dead.”
She said he told her he had hit the victim with an ash tray.
Miss Veal said they had met while students at Sutton College and had studied drama together.
She said before the trial he had phoned her and said he had made a joke that his impending murder trial had made him famous before his other drama studying friends.
Paying tribute, Mr McCorry’s family said after his death: “Tony grew up in a Glasgow orphanage, moving to Birmingham as a young man in the late 1960s to the city he grew to love.
“His working life was spent helping those less fortunate than himself, caring for the homeless.
“He leaves two sons and eight grandchildren; the world now feels a colder place without Tony who had nothing but generosity in his heart.”