A 33 year old man who raped a young girl and went on to commit murder has been told he will spend 22 years in prison.
Kenneth Wheeler was given a mandatory life term for killing 41 year old Scott MacKenzie on 5 June, 2016 in Shotts and a concurrent sentence of eight years for the rape of a schoolgirl. He was also given nine years for attempting to murder Scott Mackenzie’s son.
At the High Court in Glasgow, Wheeler was also placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.
The court heard that on 5th June 2016 Kenneth Wheeler stabbed Scott Mackenzie to death and wounded his son in a knife attack. They’d gone to his home to confront him about allegations of a sex attack on a teenager.
Wheeler was found guilty of rape, murder and attempted murder after a trial in December last year.
Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said: “Kenneth Wheeler carried out an appalling attack on a young girl and then subsequently murdered Scott Mackenzie and attempted to murder his son Scott in a brutal attack.
"Justice has been served today with Kenneth Wheeler brought to account for his terrible crimes and he now faces a substantial prison sentence.”