Rae to appeal murder conviction

Longford native Patrick Rae who was jailed for a minimum of 20 years for the murder of a Scottish woman earlier this month, has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Longford native Patrick Rae who was jailed for a minimum of 20 years for the murder of a Scottish woman earlier this month, has launched an appeal against his conviction.

Lawyers acting on behalf of Rae lodged a notice of intent to appeal the ruling made at Edinburgh High Court on June 3.

Last Thursday, the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh confirmed the labourer had lodged an appeal.

It means Rae’s legal team now have until August 4 to compile a satisfactory case upon which to challenge the sentence imposed by Lord Tyre almost three weeks ago.

Rae was given a mandatory life sentence and ordered to spend at least 20 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of raping and then murdering Mary McLaren in Dundee last year.

A review, as revealed in last week’s Leader, is presently being carried out by Scottish police after it emerged Rae was wanted back in Ireland for a number of offences.

Charged with the alleged assault of a woman in Dublin in April 2008, Rae managed to evade arrest by moving to a Travellers’ site in Aberdeenshire, before later relocating to an apartment in Arbroath.

Meanwhile Scottish sources alleged this week that Mr Rae had been attacked in prison, days after he was convicted and sentenced. The 41-year-old was barely 24 hours behind bars when another prisoner is believed to have entered his cell in Perth Prison and assaulted him.

A spokesman from the Scottish Prison Service declined to comment on the topic this week, or whether Rae had sustained any injuries following the attack.