A young man was today jailed for more than 12 years for raping and killing a frail woman in her sheltered home.
Jay Soso was only 18 when he attacked 63-year-old Marie Reid, who had lived next door to him and treated him ‘like a grandson’.
Mrs Reid was found dead in blood-stained nightclothes, lying on a sofa in her Edinburgh flat, after neighbours became worried when they had not seen her for days.
Police initially thought her death was not suspicious, but the truth emerged after her family voiced concerns and post-mortem examinations were carried out.
Soso, now 20, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh today after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to rape and culpable homicide.
He has no previous convictions.
He was given an extended sentence, detaining him for 12 years and eight months, and a judge ordered for him to be supervised for a further five years on his release.
The court heard that Mrs Reid was particularly vulnerable as she suffered from a number of significant medical issues and her health was more like that of an 80-year-old.
When neighbours raised concerns after they had not seen her, housing support officers entered her home in Easter Drylaw Way on November 15, 2010, and found her dead in the lounge.
Post-mortem examinations of Mrs Reid’s body revealed that she had been raped four days earlier and had died on the day of the attack.
Soso’s DNA matched samples taken from the scene.
He was originally charged with murder, but his plea of guilty to a reduced charge was accepted.
Soso and his mother used to live next door to Mrs Reid, who treated him kindly.
In early 2008, he and his family moved to Hartlepool, County Durham, but he returned to Edinburgh by June that year and eventually got a flat in the Drylaw area.