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Man, 25, is charged with murder and rape of Jane Hings

The body of 72-year-old Jane Hings, pictured, was discovered at around 8am at her home in the village of Fleckney, near Leicester, last Sunday

A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a pensioner’s body at her bungalow.

Craig Keogh, of no fixed address, has also been charged with two counts of rape and burglary, Leicestershire Police said.

The body of 72-year-old Jane Hings was discovered at around 8am at her home in the village of Fleckney, near Leicester, last Sunday.

Keogh will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

Police initially said her death was unexplained after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, but began a murder inquiry after finding signs of a disturbance at her home.

A car was seen speeding away from her home late on Saturday night, smashing into other vehicles in the street as the driver made a getaway.  

Miss Hings lived alone in a cul-de-sac and is said to have had little in the way of possessions.

Friends said she had travelled the world and lived in Holland before returning to care for her parents, who had dementia, before they died.

She was an only child and never married. Neighbours said she was a church-goer and a private person.

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