Drug addict Matthew Reynolds jailed for killing former babysitter

A drug addict who killed a family friend who used to babysit him has been jailed for at least 14 years.

Bonnie Harwood, 47, was found after being stabbed to death at a house in Alton, Hampshire, on 10 October.

Matthew Reynolds, 32, of Pound Gate, Alton, was cleared of her murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Judge Angela Morris said Reynolds was “spiralling out of control” because of his “insatiable appetite” for crack cocaine and heroin.

The prosecution said he stabbed Ms Harwood, who was also a drug user, multiple times in a robbery to steal her money and drugs before leaving her to bleed to death.

The judge said Reynolds was “cunning, manipulative and devoid of any remorse” for Ms Harwood’s manslaughter, which he was convicted of at Winchester Crown Court last month.

Ms Harwood was found dead at an address in Aldersey Fields

In a statement read to the court, Ms Harwood’s mother Bobby Harwood said: “I can’t sleep any more, each time I close my eyes I see Bonnie fighting him off, I feel physical pain thinking of the terror she would be in.

“Bonnie was so caring. He has taken her away from us, this has affected so many people, she was so popular.”

Reynolds, who had known Ms Harwood as a boy, said he was in debt and in a “state of turmoil” on the day of the attack.

He also received a three-year sentence to run concurrently for a charge of robbery after he used an axe against another woman in a Post Office three days before the stabbing.

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