Aaron Brown, left, and Hannah Day, right, have been sentenced for John Cornish's manslaughter. (Dorset Police)
Aaron Brown, left, and Hannah Day, right, have been sentenced for John Cornish’s manslaughter. (Dorset Police)

Two drug addicts have been jailed for fatally attacking a “very lonely” pensioner as they tried to get money from him.

Class A user Hannah Day, 29, of Ashford, Surrey, had befriended 75-year-old Weymouth resident John Cornish and managed to manipulate £30,000 from him over several years, Dorset Police said.

She visited his home with Aaron Brown, 39, another drug user, on 6 September 2019 and, seeking money for their habit, attacked Cornish, leaving him with 42 injuries.

A court heard Day and Brown had sex in his house while the pensioner lay dead.

The pair was found guilty of manslaughter and attempted robbery following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. Day was given 14 years in prison while Brown was sentenced to 13 years and six months.

Justice Garnham told Day: “You became a cuckoo in his nest, you were not content with his generosity, you wanted more, so you took it.”

Dorset Police said Day met Brown – thought to be the first time the two had contact – earlier on the day Cornish died.

Hannah Day was found guilty of manslaughter. (Dorset Police)
Hannah Day was found guilty of manslaughter. (Dorset Police)

CCTV shows the pensioner arriving home at about 3pm, with Day and Brown arriving just before 5pm.

Police said the two wanted drug money from Cornish and an “altercation took place”, in which the elderly man suffered a fracture to a neck bone, a bump to the head, bruising on his back and small puncture marks, possibly caused by a knife or sharp instrument.

In total, Winchester Crown Court heard he suffered 42 injuries.

A post-mortem examination found that while neck compression injuries could have caused his death, it was possible he suffered a cardiac episode brought about