Rosina Sutherland murder ‘was not predictable’

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A REVIEW into the rape and murder of a pensioner by a convicted sex offender has concluded the attack “could not have been reasonably predicted”.

Kevin Rooney had 33 previous convictions and was on bail when he attacked 74-year-old Rosina Sutherland in her sheltered housing bungalow in Longstone Park in October 2011.

Rooney had been released from jail the year before.

The review by Detective Chief Inspector Phil Gachagan concluded a lack of “stable” accommodation may have increased the risk that Rooney would re-offend. The report said he had been living at 21 different addresses in the 12 months before the killing.

The review made 13 recommendations for changing the management of sex offenders released from prison.

Rooney was given a life sentence and told he must serve a minimum of 21 years and four months after he admitted killing Mrs Sutherland.