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Man found guilty of raping and murdering 72-year-old woman

Man found guilty of raping and murdering 72-year-old woman
Craig Keogh was convicted unanimously by a jury (Picture: PA)

A 26-year-old man has been found guilty of raping and murdering a pensioner who he smothered after breaking into her home.

Craig Keogh, who walked victim Jane Hings’ dog, prised her wedding and engagement rings from her fingers after taking about four minutes to suffocate her with a pillow.

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Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court spent about four hours deliberating before unanimously convicting the 26-year-old of murder, burglary and two counts of rape.

Keogh broke into the 72-year-old victim’s home in Fleckney, near Leicester, in the early hours of September 24 last year.

He had been on a cocaine-fuelled night out with friends and was said to be ‘off his face’.

FILE PICTURE - Jane Hings, 72 year old who was raped and murdered by Craig Keogh at her home in Fleckney, Leicestershire. See story NTI story NTIMURDER; A 26-year-old man has today (Monday 19 March) been found guilty of raping and murdering a 72-year-old woman believed to be the niece of crime writer Colin Dexter in her village bungalow.Craig Keogh entered Jane Hings? bungalow in Elizabeth Road, Fleckney, Leicestershire, in the early hours of Sunday 24 September, 2017, while she was asleep in bed. He then carried out what police described as a terrifying attack on the frail woman as she lay in bed before killing her ? almost certainly by suffocating her with her pillow. He then stole her mobile phone, cash and a quantity of jewellery including rings before fleeing the scene. Ms Hings was found dead in her bed at 7am the following morning by two of her carers.A post mortem failed to reveal exactly what caused her death but it is believed she was suffocated. Among the injuries found were those which proved she had been the victim of a violent, sexual assault. At Birmingham Crown Court today, the jury found Keogh guilty of murder, two counts of rape and burglary.
Jane Hings was found dead in her bed at her bungalow in Fleckney (Picture: SWNS)
FILE PICTURE - Craig Keogh, 26 year old man found guilty of rape and murder of Jane Hings. See story NTI story NTIMURDER; A 26-year-old man has today (Monday 19 March) been found guilty of raping and murdering a 72-year-old woman believed to be the niece of crime writer Colin Dexter in her village bungalow.Craig Keogh entered Jane Hings? bungalow in Elizabeth Road, Fleckney, Leicestershire, in the early hours of Sunday 24 September, 2017, while she was asleep in bed. He then carried out what police described as a terrifying attack on the frail woman as she lay in bed before killing her ? almost certainly by suffocating her with her pillow. He then stole her mobile phone, cash and a quantity of jewellery including rings before fleeing the scene. Ms Hings was found dead in her bed at 7am the following morning by two of her carers.A post mortem failed to reveal exactly what caused her death but it is believed she was suffocated. At Birmingham Crown Court today, the jury found Keogh guilty of murder, two counts of rape and burglary.
Keogh will be sentenced on Tuesday (Picture: Facebook)

During the night out, he threatened two pub workers, telling them: ‘I’m from Fleckney. I’ve seen someone get shanked. I’ve got a piece.’

Despite the brutal rape and murder, witnesses said Keogh was ‘bubbly’ in the days after Mrs Hings’ death.

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Keogh refused to give evidence at his trial, having previously claimed in police interviews that he had consensual sex with Mrs Hings, and that she was alive when he left.

In her closing speech to the jury, prosecutor Mary Prior QC said of Keogh: ‘How could you be bubbly and happy in such circumstances?

‘That money – that he took during the course of that burglary – was used on showing off, meals out, drinks for friends – flashing the cash.

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‘We say it’s very, very clear that he snuck in there and took her things. He took the privacy of her body, and then he took her life quite deliberately.’

Keogh will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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