KILLED AT HOME: Frail OAP, 79, ‘killed in her own home by cowardly robber who knew her by name’

Restalrig Circus, Edinburgh: Police at the scene questioned neigbours after the attack at the flat

A frail old pensioner who died after a ‘targeted attack’ in her own home at Restalrig Circus in has been named by police.

Margaret Grant, 79, who died after a raid on her Edinburgh flat, managed to speak to cops in hospital shortly before she died.

Police believe a man came into her home and attempted to rob her on Friday evening. It is believed to have been an attempted robbery, and police say the man may have been known Ms. Grant by name. As officers remained at the scene in the Restalrig area of the city, Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Houliston said: “This was a cowardly and despicable attack on a frail and vulnerable elderly woman within her home.

“We believe that the man knew Margaret and he referred to her by name.

“It’s imperative anyone with information about what happened contacts us so we can find the man responsible.”

In a direct appeal to the fiend, he added: “If you have any conscience at all, then please hand yourself in.”

Margaret — who relied on carers — was rushed from her ground-floor flat to the city’s Royal Infirmary after a member of the public raised the alarm at 6.50 pm on Friday. It’s thought the suspect got in a secure-entry door and was planning a robbery. He fled on foot when disturbed.

Neighbours said “We’re all shocked and horrified. It’s so sad — she must have been so frightened.” The suspect was said to be white, 5ft 6in, aged 20-30, and has long black hair.

A murder investigation has been launched by the Scottish Police. More to follow


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