Killer bludgeoned elderly neighbour with cricket bat as she picked garden herbs

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A man who struggled with the effects of the Covid lockdown murdered his 87-year-old neighbour with a cricket bat.

Pensioner Rosemary Hill was bending down to pick garden herbs for her dinner at her home in Reigate, Surrey, when she was bludgeoned from behind by Guy Douglas Unmack, 46.

Unmack had been drinking, and possibly not taking his medication, when a witness saw him attack his neighbour at about 5.30pm on June 21 last year.

The witness described Utmack running back towards his home before emerging seconds later with the murder weapon which he used to strike his neighbour on the head.

The witness' mum, who was driving, beeped the horn of the car distracting Unmack who then ran away.

Rosemary Hill, a retired teacher and talented musician, was rushed to hospital but the injuries to her brain were deemed so serious that she could not be operated on and died four days later in hospital.

Guildford Crown Court heard that only five months earlier Rosemary Hill's husband had passed away.

Unmack was found guilty of murder at the court on Friday, June 11, and will return for sentencing on June 24.

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When police initiated a search of Utmack's home they found more than 800 tablets, the equivalent of 218 days of his prescription, suggesting he had also not been taking his medication for his diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia.

And during his police interview, he was found to have twice the drink-drive level of alcohol in his blood.

Following being deemed unfit for questioning, he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and subsequently moved to a secure hospital.

Neighbours told the court how Unmack's condition had deteriorated during lockdown and he had been frequently heard shouting outside his house.

One woman heard him shouting 'kill, kill, kill' outside his house in Reigate, Surrey, and appeared to be regularly drinking booze from early morning trips to the supermarket.

Even when people rushed to help Rosemary on the day she was hit, Utmack is said to have just stood in the road.

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