Man sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a 72-year-old

A man has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 32 years for the rape and murder of a 72-year-old woman at her home in Leicestershire.

Craig Keogh smothered Jane Hings with a pillow after breaking into her bungalow in Fleckney, and subjected her to a "terrifying ordeal" last September.

The 26-year-old removed wedding and engagement rings and a crucifix from the body of Jane Hings after killing her.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court convicted Keogh, 26, of murder, burglary and two counts of rape.

Keogh, of no fixed address, had claimed that his victim was alive when he left her in the early hours of September 24 last year.

Police inquiries established that a handbag, a purse and cash had also been taken by Keogh, who was said by witnesses to have been "bubbly" in the days following the killing.

Keogh refused to give evidence at his trial, having claimed in policeinterviews that he had consensual sex with Mrs Hings, who was described by friends as frail after suffering rib fractures in a fall.

Prosecutor Mary Prior QC said Keogh had "deliberately silenced" his victim, who he knew after previously offering to walk her dog.

The court heard Keogh, who left his cap at the scene, got a tongue piercingfixed, went for a carvery meal and visited a supermarket in the hours after the murder.