March 13, 2018 01:04:14by

Drunk, 26, 'raped 72-year-old woman then smothered her to death'

Drunk, 26, \'raped 72-year-old woman then smothered her to death\'

A drunk 26-year-old raped a pensioner and smothered her to death with a pillow before stealing her wedding ring, a court has heard. 

Craig Keogh is accused of murdering frail Jane Hings, 72, after she was found dead in bed at her bungalow in Fleckney, Staffordshire, in September last year.

A court heard he had been taking drugs and drinking alcohol during a night out before he walked to her home and broke in. 

Keogh lived in a caravan in the village and occasionally walked Mrs Hings' dogs.

Mary Prior, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court he raped her twice and stole her wedding and engagement rings from her fingers.

She also told the jury he took her purse, handbag, cash and other items after he used a pillow to smother her.   

Mrs Prior said: 'Jane Hings met her death at the hands of Craig Keogh, we say in the early hours between 1.20am and 2.30am whilst under the influence of drink and drugs.

'Craig Keogh went into Jane Hings' house while she was in bed.

'While she was alive she was raped. She was also smothered - we think by the pillow that was found under her head.'

Mrs Hings was discovered by two carers who visited her daily because she was 'frail' after a fall, which was the reason she had been having other people walk her dog.

Mrs Prior said Keogh's DNA was found inside the victim's body and his baseball cap was found behind her bed. 

A bar worn in a tongue piercing was also found on Mrs Hings' body.

After his arrest, the jury heard that Keogh told detectives he had previously agreed with Mrs Hings to go over on that night and have sex with her.

He claimed he went over on the evening of September 23 and she paid him £200.

However, Mrs Prior said the CCTV evidence from Oadby disproved that version of events. He was also caught on CCTV arriving back in Fleckney at about 1.15am on September 24.

The first witness in the trial, Amy Talbot, described the night out in Oadby before it is alleged Keogh killed Mrs Hings and his 'loud' behaviour.

She said he was 'wide eyed' from taking drugs and that on their way along the main road in Oadby he smashed a wing mirror off a car, ripped up flowers, pulled at trees and jumped on a van.

The jury also heard how Keogh tried to sell cocaine to two employees of the Oadby Owl pub who were standing near him outside the pub.

Mrs Prior said: 'The defendant told the men he was 'buzzed up on coke' and offered to sell them some. They told the defendant they would call the police.

'He threatened to assault them. He said, 'I'm from Fleckney. I've seen a man shanked. I've got a piece.'

Keogh denies murder, rape and burglary. The trial continues.