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Victim's son sues Jenny Methven murder accused

Image caption William Kean was found guilty of murdering Jenny Methven

The son of a murder victim is suing the man convicted of the killing.

David Methven is seeking damages of £160,000 from William Kean following the death of his mother Jenny at her remote Perthshire cottage last year.

Kean, 47, a former work colleague of Mr Methven, was jailed for a minimum of 22 years following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow in August 2012.

He denies the killing and has launched an appeal against his sentence and conviction.

Mr Methven found his 80-year-old mother dying from her injuries at the home they shared in Forteviot in February last year.

Mrs Methven had suffered serious injuries to her head and body.

The trial heard that she had been hit over the head at least 11 times with such ferocity that her skull was fractured from one side to the other.

At the time, prosecutors described the murder as "savage and brutal" and said that Mr Methven had lost his only living relative.

He is claiming damages from Kean for the grief and sorrow caused by his mother's death, the distress and anxiety he endured in contemplation of her suffering before death and the loss of her society.

Kean is contesting the claim at the Court of Session.

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