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Mentally ill man who yelled ‘kill’ as he beat OAP, 87, to death with a cricket bat as she gardened jailed for life


A MENTALLY ill man who yelled “kill” as he beat an elderly woman to death with a cricket bat has been jailed for life.

World-leading musician 87-year-old Rosemary Hill died five days after the brutal attack by 46-year-old neighbour Guy Unmack, a judge heard.

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Rosemary Hill died five days after the horrific attack[/caption]

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Guy Unmack has been jailed for life[/caption]

A court heard how Unmack was standing in his driveway outside his house in Reigate, Surrey when he spotted Hill picking some rosemary for a roast dinner that her son was preparing at her house.

A witness then heard Unmack shouting “kill, kill, kill” as he walked up to Hill from behind and struck her on the back of the head with a cricket bat.

At the opening of the murder trial at Guildford Crown Court, prosecutor Deanna Heer told the court how the witness, who had been in a car with her sister, saw the horror unfold.

She said: “When she first saw Unmack he had nothing in his hand but as her sister was getting out of the car she saw him run from the pavement down the driveway of his own home and back towards his house.

“She then saw him come back 10 to 15 seconds later holding a cricket bat.

“He crossed the road and walked up to Mrs Hill from behind and then lifted the cricket bat with both hands.

“He brought it down across the back of her head in a single movement.

“She (the witness) screamed and her mother, who was driving, sounded the horn, which distracted the defendant who ran back across the road away from Mrs Hill.”

In the aftermath of the attack, Unmack was heard muttering that he “just wanted to have fun”.

The unprovoked attack took place at about 5.30pm on June 21 last year.

Unmack, of Warren Road, was convicted by the jury of murder after they rejected his defence of diminished responsibility.

He gave no explanation or motive for his attack on Hill.


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