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By Amy Devine
Sick Kevin Rooney, 26, made the chilling “confession” to officers who arrested him for the murder of 74-year-old Rosina Sutherland. The pervert, who was convicted on Wednesday of killing the pensioner, told police: “I murdered a four-year-old.”
But hours later he backtracked and police exposed his claim as a lie.
Rooney admitted murdering Rosina when he appeared at the High Court in Aberdeen earlier this week. He is due in court in Edinburgh today in a continuation of the proceedings.
The case has sparked angry calls for an investigation into why Rooney was on the streets – despite having 36 previous convictions.
He had already served time for a sex offence against two boys under the age of 10.
Rooney was also given a sexual offences prevention order but had broken the rules on several occasions.
He made his sinister claim about the child killing as he sat in a police car with two officers outside St Leonards police station, Edinburgh, in the early hours of October 30 last year.
They had just arrested him over Rosina’s brutal murder at a sheltered housing complex in the capital’s Longstone.
Rooney, who was on bail at the time, told them: “I went into an old dear’s house.
“I just wanted somewhere to stay. I think I killed her.
“I hit her a few times and suffocated her.“
He admitted a walking stick he was carrying belonged to his victim, adding: “I have the lady’s DNA all over my hands.”
When asked why, he said: “Cause I murdered someone last night.”
Rooney blamed his crime on a cocktail of drink and anti-depressant drugs.
He told police: “Last night, I spent £125 on drink and 40 tablets of amitriptyline. Then I murdered someone.”