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Tribute paid and man charged following Sutton Coldfield murder

The family of a grandfather who died after being found with serious injuries have paid tribute to a man ‘who had nothing but generosity in his heart and who will be greatly missed’, as police charged a teenager with murder. 

Tony McCorry, aged 72, died yesterday (Wednesday 11 December) after being found by ambulance staff at his home on Stonehouse Road, Sutton Coldfield, with serious head injuries. 

He was taken to hospital, but died shortly after. A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests will be carried out to determine the cause of death

Tony McCorry
Tony McCorry

Mr McCorry’s family said: “Tony grew up in a Glasgow orphanage, moving to Birmingham as a young man in the late 1960s to the city he grew to love. 

“His working life was spent helping those less fortunate than himself, caring for the homeless. 

“He leaves two sons and eight grandchildren; the world now feels a colder place without Tony who had nothing but generosity in his heart.  He will be greatly missed.”

Yesterday, police arrested a woman aged 21 and a 19-year-old man on suspicion of murder. 

The woman was released with no further action and this evening (Thursday 12 December) detectives charged Rhys Reynolds, aged 19, from Landswood Close, Kingstanding, with murder.

Detective Inspector Nick Barnes from the force’s homicide team, said: “My thoughts remain with Mr McCorry’s family at this sad time, they’ve been fully updated with this development.

“I’m still keen to speak to anyone who was in the Stonehouse Road area of Sutton Coldfield or The Sutton Park Hotel pub on Tuesday evening who hasn’t yet come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or call 101 anytime. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log 214 of 11 December.  

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