A man found guilty of the rape and murder of 72–year-old Jane Hings has been handed a life sentence today following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The pensioner’s body was discovered at her bungalow in the quite village of Fleckney, Leicestershire last September.
Craig Keogh, 26, was sentenced to 32 years in prison for the murder of Ms Hings, 15 years for each rape and six years for the burglary. The sentence will run concurrently and he will serve a minimum of 32 years.
Detectives said Keogh entered Jane Hings’ bungalow on Elizabeth Road in the early hours of Sunday 24 September 2017, while she was still 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.
Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, who led the murder investigation, said: “I cannot imagine the terror and pain that Jane suffered that night at the hands of Keogh.“
“He carried out a terrifying attack on a defenceless woman in her own bed. He will now spend many years incarcerated in prison as a result of his wicked crime.“