A MAN who raped and killed a pensioner who treated him like a grandson has
launched an appeal against his sentence.
• Killer in bid to overturn 12-year sentence
• Family of victim say appeal leaves them devastated
Jay Soso has taken the first legal steps in a bid to overturn a 12 year and
eight months term imposed last month.
Soso, 20, of Edinburgh, was convicted of rape and culpable homicide after he
attacked 63-year-old Marie Reid in her sheltered home in the city in November
Mrs Reid lay dead for up to four days before her body was discovered.
Soso was initially charged with murder, but admitted a reduced charge of
He was only caught after Marie’s son Paul pressed police to investigate her
death further after they had initially ruled out foul play.
But today Paul, 31, said the appeal has left him devastated.
He said: “I received a letter which stated that he was going to appealing his
sentence and he could get bail.
“A lot of people are not happy and I am so angry.
“It’s like a kick in the teeth.
“I was hoping to put everything behind me but now it’s going to be dragged up
again and it could go on and on.
“I’ll just need to see what happens but I’m hoping it will get flung out.”
Police thought Marie’s death was not suspicious, but the truth emerged after
Paul voiced concerns and post-mortem examinations were carried out.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lady Dorrian said Soso had been aware
that his victim, who lived alone and suffered from poor health, was vulnerable.
Passing sentence she told him: ‘You have pled guilty to the rape and culpable
homicide of an elderly lady in her own home.
‘She was vulnerable in that she lived alone and suffered from poor health, both
factors of which you were aware.
“You knew her and there was an element of trust in the relationship you had
“The rape was clearly forcible and violent, causing injuries to her and leading
to her death.”
Lady Dorrian also ordered that he should be kept under supervision for a
further five years for the public’s protection.
A Scottish Courts spokeswoman confirmed the appeal application had been lodged