Neighbour, 46, is guilty of bludgeoning retired musician, 87, to death

Neighbour, 46, is guilty of bludgeoning retired musician, 87, to death with a cricket bat while she picked herbs for her dinner

  • Pensioner Rosemary Hill was brutally killed when Guy Unmack, 46, attacked her
  • Unmack hit his 87-year-old neighbour with a baseball bat in Reigate, Surrey
  • The former teacher was picking rosemary to use in her dinner before her death 
  • A jury convicted Unmack of murder after a trial that lasted a week-and-a-half 

Pensioner Rosemary Hill was brutally killed by 46-year-old Guy Unmack (pictured)

A neighbour had been found guilty of bludgeoning an 87-year-old retired musician to death with a cricket bat while she picked herbs for her dinner.

Pensioner Rosemary Hill was brutally killed when 46-year-old Guy Unmack, who had been standing outside his house in Reigate, Surrey, crossed the road and ambushed his frail neighbour with a sporting bat.

During the murder trial, a jury heard Mrs Hill was left with a fractured skull and bleeds on the brain after the vicious attack.

Despite being rushed to hospital, brain surgeons were unable to operate on her horrific injuries and she died just after 10pm on June 25 last year – only days after the assault in Reigate, Surrey.

Mrs Hill, a retired music teacher, had once been a world-leading clarinet player who travelled the globe with orchestras.

She eventually settled down to teach at Sir Kier Starmer’s former school, the Reigate Grammar School, for more than 20 years. 

The mother-of-three had attended the prestigious Royal College of Music and after graduating, she played for orchestra’s around the world, including the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Broadcasting Company Symphony Orchestra. 

A post-mortem examination found Mrs Hill suffered a severe skull fracture and bruising on her shoulders, all injuries consistent being struck with a broad, blunt object. Her cause of death was recorded as severe blunt force head injury.

Mrs Hill (pictured), a retired music teacher, had once been a world-leading clarinet player who travelled the globe with orchestras 

Sitting at Guildford Crown Court, a jury convicted Unmack of murder after a trial that lasted a week-and-a-half.

At the time of her death, Mrs Hill’s devastated son Jonathan Few, a cello teacher who has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, had moved in with her following the death of her husband in January 2020.

The jury heard how on the evening on June 21 last year, Mrs Hill had ambled down her road to cut rosemary for their dinner when she was violently attacked with a cricket bat.

Mrs Hill, who fell to the floor after the attack, was rushed to hospital, after numbers of the public and emergency services had helped care for her at the roadside.

Scans in hospital revealed the widow had suffered such serious brain injuries that she could not be operated on. She was given palliative care and died at St George’s Hospital, Tooting on June 25.

Mrs Hill, who fell to the floor after the attack, was rushed to hospital, after numbers of the public and emergency services had helped care for her at the roadside. Pictured, the scene

Unmack was arrested shortly after the attack on suspicion of attempt murder. 

Following his arrest, he was assessed and deemed to be mentally unfit for interview and detention.

He was placed under an involuntary order under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act and then moved to a secure hospital.

Officers’ work to gather the evidence required resulted in Unmack being re-arrested once fit to be interviewed. He was charged with murder on October 7 last year.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Charlotte Rimmer today said: ‘Guy Unmack was found guilty of murder by the jury at Guildford Crown Court. He will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on June 24 to be sentenced.’  

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