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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A pensioner killed his close friend by stabbing her 26 times, before unsuccessfully trying to take his own life. Thomas Whitehorn, 74, snapped after finding himself unable to deal with Rhonda Humphreys’ behaviour and a paranoid schizophrenic living below him at a block of flats in Hayle. Whitehorn, of Trevoarn flats in Foundry Square, Hayle, appeared at Truro Crown Court and was sentenced for manslaughter by grounds of diminished responsibility. He had originally been charged with murder. Prosecuting barrister Jo Martin QC told the court how Whitehorn and Ms Humphreys were close friends having lived separately at the same block of flats for many years and briefly been in a relationship. Whitehorn looked after Ms Humphreys but found himself unable to cope with her alcoholism and outbursts. Whitehorn, who had made enquiries about moving properties, was also tormented by a paranoid schizophrenic downstairs who kept him up all night by screaming. Ms Martin told the court how the decision to kill Ms Humphreys was taken in advance with Whitehorn placing a bladed instrument in a drawer ready to be used. She said the number of wounds demonstrated the killing was planned. He also wrote a letter explaining how he was unable to cope, and then on October 26 last year he took the knife and stabbed 56-year-old Ms Humphreys 26 times to the face, head and neck, even stabbing her eyes. Whitehorn then took a combination of pills in an unsuccessful bid to take his own life. You can stay up to date on the top news and events near you with CornwallLive’s FREE newsletters – enter your email address at the top of the page. It was Whitehorn himself who called the police some hours after the incident and when officers attended they found messages written on the walls that said ‘driven mad’, ‘she’s pure evil’ and ‘sorry boys, have a good life’. There was also a note on the door of the property saying there was no threat to anyone else’s life. On behalf of Whitehorn, the court heard how Whitehorn and Ms Humphreys had known each other for 11 years but in recent times Whitehorn found himself unable to cope with her demands and his own anxiety and depression for which he had sought medical help. Ms Humphreys was said to be increasingly volatile and mentally unwell, particularly when in drink. Father-of-two Whitehorn, who had no previous convictions, was said to have a keen interest in military history and lived at the same flat since 1998. Trevoarn flats in Hayle where the killing took place Shortly before the killing Whitehorn went to the GP saying the various elements were combining to ‘drive him nuts’ and that she stress was going to kill him. Whitehorn remains sad he wasn’t able to take his own life and his legal representatives pointed out that the extent of his aggravated depression left him unable to make rational decisions.
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Sentencing Whitehorn, Judge Simon Carr said: “On October 26, 2020, you killed Rhonda Humphreys who was 53 at the time. “Both you and Ms Humphreys occupied flats at the same property and once may have been in a relationship, although at the time of the killing were simply good friends. “Ms Humphreys struggled for years with mental health difficulties and alcoholism but however challenging her behaviour, nothing can justify your actions. Her alcoholism and ill health made her even more vulnerable. “You called the emergency services after the killing and at the time of the call Ms Humphreys had been dead a number of hours. “A post-mortem revealed 26 wounds with a sharp instrument, 23 to the head, face and neck. She suffered stab wounds to the eyes and toxicology revealed she’d been drinking heavily. “You described your mind as scrambled. There was a letter telling officers that they weren’t in danger entering the flat and messages on the walls that said ‘driven mad’, ‘she’s pure evil’ and ‘sorry boys, have a good life’. A letter talks of you being unable to cope. “There was a sizeable amount of military knives and other memorabilia and in your interview you described the weapon used as a commando dagger. “You placed the knife in a drawer where it was not normally kept so it would be accessible.” Judge Carr then noted Whitehorn’s remorse, his own mental health difficulties and the effect Ms Humphreys and the schizophrenic neighbour had on him, but added that he and Ms Humphreys lived in different flats so he would have been able to refuse her entry. Whitehorn was jailed for nine years. Detective Inspector Stephanie Blundell, of Devon and Cornwall Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, welcomed today's sentencing and said: “This was a tragic case involving a vulnerable member of the community being killed by someone she trusted. "Thomas Whitehorn has taken responsibility for his actions and today's sentencing provides justice for Rhonda's untimely death. "I hope that Rhonda's family will be able to take some comfort from today's outcome.”
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