Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Stephan Hollow killing: William Smith jailed for manslaughter

William Smith
Image caption William Smith had shown "no remorse" over the death, the judge said

A man who killed a grandfather by stabbing him in the heart in a violent dispute has been jailed for 10 years.

William Smith, 28, of Pershore Road, Basingstoke, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Stephan Hollow, 53, by a jury at Winchester Crown Court.

He was found not guilty of murder and a separate charge of wounding with intent against Mr Hollow's son Tyler.

Mr Hollow died in hospital on 19 August after the attack outside his home in Blackdown Close, Buskin, Basingstoke.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Michael Burton said Smith had shown "no remorse".

He said there had been "a considerable number of aggravating features" in the case.

Mr Justice Burton said: "You killed him with a knife and you used it over and over again and eventually stabbed him in his heart. You disposed of the evidence and you invaded the victim's home.

"All he was trying to do was protect his home."

'Loss of control'

The court heard Mr Hollow was stabbed multiple times by Smith before the knife struck him in the heart.

Smith had been involved in a confrontation with Mr Hollow and his son and been under the influence of alcohol and drugs before the stabbing occurred, the court heard.

In finding Smith guilty of manslaughter, the jury accepted the death had been caused by a "loss of control", Mr Justice Burton said.

Image caption Stephan Hollow died in hospital after being stabbed

The jury had deliberated its verdict for more than 14 hours.

Mr Hollow was a father of eight and a grandfather of 13.

His son David, 32, paid tribute to his father outside court, saying: "He loved his family and always wanted the high life, a bit like Del Boy."

"If we ever needed anything he would be there for us."

Det Sgt Mark Huxford, from the Hampshire Constabulary major investigation team, said the incident had "shocked" the community.

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