Family of murdered OAP win access to report

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THE family of a pensioner murdered in her home by a serial sex offender have won their battle for access to a more detailed report on the case.

But they say they still want a fatal accident inquiry in the hope of finding out exactly why Kevin Rooney, 28, was free to kill 74-year-old great-grandmother Rosina Sutherland.

Rooney was on a strict court order banning him from approaching women and had been jailed for breaking the rules on several occasions.

Ms Sutherland was attacked by Rooney in her sheltered housing bungalow in Longstone Park in October 2011. Unknown to police, he had been housed in a bed and breakfast nearby.

Ms Sutherland’s relatives were angry they only saw a heavily-edited 16-page version of an 84-page official report on how Rooney was monitored.

Now they have been given a 46-page version revealing more details of Rooney’s “chaotic” behaviour leading up to the killing.

Ms Sutherland’s daughter Teresa Iannelli said: “This has been a catalogue of errors.”