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Man convicted of Methven murder launches appeal

Image caption William Kean was found guilty of murdering Jenny Methven

The man found guilty of murdering Perthshire pensioner Jenny Methven has launched an appeal against his conviction and sentence.

William Kean was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years in prison term at the High Court in Glasgow in August.

The 46-year-old denied murdering the 80-year-old at her Forteviot home.

A High Court of Justiciary spokeswoman has confirmed papers have been lodged to appeal both his conviction and sentence.

Kean's family have insisted he is innocent and now the former car valeter has launched his appeal.

Detailed papers

A court spokeswoman said the paperwork was lodged just a day before the deadline to give intimation of an appeal.

A detailed document setting out the defence's grounds of appeal will be lodged at a later date for a full appeal to go ahead.

If the appeal is allowed then the Court of Criminal Appeal will hear the case within a three month period.

Last month a jury took less than two hours to convict Kean, whose DNA and fingerprints were found at the scene of the brutal murder.

During the trial defence QC Brian McConnachie questioned whether Kean had any motive to carry out the brutal crime.

The 46-year-old denied killing Jenny Methven and had lodged a special defence of incrimination blaming her son David for the killing.

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