Kevin Rooney given life term for OAP rape and murder in Edinburgh

CCTV images showing Rooney with the victim's walking stick after the attack at her sheltered housing complex in Edinburgh

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A convicted sex offender who admitted robbing, raping and murdering a pensioner in her sheltered housing home in Edinburgh has been jailed for life.

Kevin Rooney, 26, was told at the High Court in Edinburgh he must serve a minimum of 21 years and four months.

Rooney, who has 36 previous convictions, admitted murdering Rosina Sutherland, 74, on 29 October 2011.

He killed the grandmother after ransacking her home in Longstone.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.

Rooney, who had been on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen for two days before lodging the guilty plea on Wednesday, robbed the OAP of money, keys and her walking stick during the attack last year.

Kevin Rooney Kevin Rooney must serve a minimum of 21 years and four months

The court heard he also sexually assaulted Mrs Sutherland, who had dementia, repeatedly hitting her on the head and body and compressing her throat, restricting her breathing.

He then went on a drinking spree.

He was previously jailed for sex offences against two boys and breaking the rules of a sexual offences prevention order.

He was on bail at the time of the offence.

Det Supt Alan Crawford, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This was a shocking and depraved crime, and my thoughts at this time are with Rosina Sutherland's family, who have been put through a harrowing ordeal as a result of Kevin Rooney's actions.

"I would like to pay tribute to them for the courage they have shown, and in particular for the assistance they provided to the officers investigating Rosina's murder.

"It is my sincere hope that they can draw some comfort from the conviction and sentencing of Kevin Rooney for this horrendous crime."

Michelle MacLeod, High Court procurator fiscal for the east of Scotland, said: "Kevin Rooney has pled guilty to cowardly brutal and callous crimes.

"His crimes are among the most appalling and distressing that we have dealt with as prosecutors.

"I am grateful to the police and prosecution team for the positive and just outcome of the case."

He added: "I would also pay tribute to the victim's family for the dignified way in which they have dealt with these appalling crimes."

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