William Smith found guilty of manslaughter of Stephan Hollow in Buckskin

William Smith

Stephan Hollow

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A MAN has been jailed for ten years for killing a Basingstoke grandad.

Jurors at Winchester Crown Court this afternoon found William Smith guilty of the manslaughter of Stephan Hollow, by a majority verdict of 11 to one.

Mr Hollow, a 53-year-old grandfather-of-eight, was found outside his house in Blackdown Close, Buckskin, on August 19 last year, with five stab wounds. One wound had pierced a major blood vessel in his heart.

After more than 14 hours of deliberation, the jury found Smith not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Mr Justice Burton said he was satisfied that Smith had not brought a knife to the house when he went to confront his ex-girlfriend Megan Hards and her new boyfriend Tyler Hollow, the 22-year-old son of Stephan Hollow.

But he said Smith had lost self-control when provoked by Tyler Hollow, took a knife from him, and stabbed Stephan Hollow, who had been trying to move him from the garden.

The judge said: "Having got the knife you did not control yourself in that you turned on Stephan Hollow, who was completely unarmed, and stabbed him to death.

"The jury found that you did not show self-defence and that in fact you lost your control and have killed an innocent man."

Smith, 28, of Pershore Road, Popley, was also found not guilty of wounding with intent, as well as an alternative charge of unlawful wounding, on Tyler Hollow.

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6:30pm Thu 22 May 14

Judith S T says...

Having always been a law abiding citizen, I always felt that we had an outstanding justice system, but in the last two years, I have lost two close people in my life, my Stepfather and Stephan, to murder and neither one of them have received justice. Having attended the trial for Stephan Hollow's murder, I can now honestly say the justice system is geared toward protecting the defendent and not the victim, yes Stephan had he's faults, but he was kind, gentle, always there for his friends and family (most of the time) and loved by so many and our lives have been richer for knowing him and loving him! I, now, have no faith in our justice system and have to come to terms with the fact that Yes, you really can get away with Murder in this country. Stephan, you were right!! Love to the family. x
Having always been a law abiding citizen, I always felt that we had an outstanding justice system, but in the last two years, I have lost two close people in my life, my Stepfather and Stephan, to murder and neither one of them have received justice. Having attended the trial for Stephan Hollow's murder, I can now honestly say the justice system is geared toward protecting the defendent and not the victim, yes Stephan had he's faults, but he was kind, gentle, always there for his friends and family (most of the time) and loved by so many and our lives have been richer for knowing him and loving him! I, now, have no faith in our justice system and have to come to terms with the fact that Yes, you really can get away with Murder in this country. Stephan, you were right!! Love to the family. x Judith S T
  • Score: 16

7:15am Fri 23 May 14

Upontheroof says...

Only ten years in prison is an utter joke and disgusting.

The family are left to pick up the pieces while the accused will be out in what? 3-5 years. Justice my a4se .....

Knife crimes need to be treated more serious
Only ten years in prison is an utter joke and disgusting. The family are left to pick up the pieces while the accused will be out in what? 3-5 years. Justice my a4se ..... Knife crimes need to be treated more serious Upontheroof
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Fri 23 May 14

ManWithavan says...

I'm sure this sentence is an absolute insult to Stephans family and close ones. The British 'Justice' system is a complete joke and which ever party gets in to power next needs to seriously look at over hauling the whole system.
I'm sure this sentence is an absolute insult to Stephans family and close ones. The British 'Justice' system is a complete joke and which ever party gets in to power next needs to seriously look at over hauling the whole system. ManWithavan
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Wed 28 May 14

laurence86 says...

Ten years for ending the life of another human is simply not enough.
Ten years for ending the life of another human is simply not enough. laurence86
  • Score: 2

11:13am Fri 30 May 14

les charles says...

I think there should be a re trial ,with a sensible judge and jury. This verdict is just a micky tacking joke
I think there should be a re trial ,with a sensible judge and jury. This verdict is just a micky tacking joke les charles
  • Score: 1

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