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Jay Soso makes guilty plea over Marie Reid's death

Jay Soso
Image caption Police said Jay Soso attacked a seriously ill woman in her own home

A 19-year-old man has pled guilty to the culpable homicide of a woman in Edinburgh in 2010.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Jay Soso admitted subjecting 64-year-old Marie Reid to a serious sexual assault that led to her death.

The attack took place at the woman's home in Easter Drylaw Way.

Her body was discovered after neighbours raised concerns that she had not been seen for several days and police were called.

Soso and his mother lived next door to Mrs Reid for five years between 2003 and 2008.

The court heard he helped Mrs Reid by running errands for her and she was described by Soso's mother Sharon as treating him "like a grandson."

Soso's family moved to England, but he didn't like it there and moved back to Edinburgh.

Family statement

By 2010 he had a job in a fishmongers in Edinburgh and lived close to Mrs Reid.

He visited her occasionally, claiming he was checking to see how she was, before raping her on November 11, 2010.

After the guilty plea, Marie Reid's son Paul Reid issued a statement on behalf of the family.

He said: "On behalf of myself, my sister Jacqueline and my mum's sister Frances, l would like to thank Lothian and Borders Police and the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service for all their support and extensive work and investigation that was carried out, which secured the plea of guilty today.

"After such a long period of time which has caused stress and trauma to the family, the guilty plea has now given us and my mother Marie justice and closure."

Concerns were raised after Mrs Reid wasn't seen for four days and when the house was entered she was found dead with her head resting on the arm of a sofa.

Initially police thought it was not suspicious and a second post mortem examination was carried out after the family voiced concerns.

Degree of force

At this point it was discovered that someone had had sex with Mrs Reid just before her death.

A consultant gynaecologist who examined Mrs Reid said in his opinion because of her medical history, she would have found the sex painful and distressing and a degree of force would have been necessary.

The cause of death was unascertained, but pathologists said that the rape would have put an additional strain on her heart and lungs and could predispose her to sudden death.

Ch Insp Matt Richards of Lothian and Borders Police said: "The circumstances of this case are disturbing, involving a seriously ill lady who was attacked in her own home, and we recognise the alarm that this will cause in the community.

"We want to reassure people that this was an isolated incident, the circumstances of which were unique, and that crimes of this nature are extremely rare."

Judge Lady Dorrian deferred sentence on Soso of Spring Gardens, Edinburgh, for background reports and an assessment of the risk he poses to the public until later this month and remanded him in custody.

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