Man convicted of murder of Annie Temple, Kinglassie
Police Scotland has welcomed the conviction of 38-year-old Sandeep Patel for the murder of Annie Temple.
Annie (97) was killed at her home in West End, Kinglassie, on Friday, 25 October, 2019.
Patel was found guilty following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow today (Tuesday, 29 June, 2021).
Detective Superintendent Andrew Patrick, from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “Sandeep Patel will now have to face the consequences of his actions.
“He preyed on an elderly lady purely for financial gain before taking her life. The lies and deceit he weaved through the local community in Kinglassie shows a complete disregard for all those around him.
“This was a complex investigation and I would like to thank Annie's family, friends and those in the wider community who helped officers during this difficult enquiry. Our thoughts today are with all who knew Annie and I hope this conviction brings them some degree of comfort.
"Annie was a popular member of the community and her death caused widespread shock in the local area. I would like to reassure people that incidents such as this are extremely rare and ask that if anyone has any concerns to please speak to police.
Sandeep Patel is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, 28 July, 2021.