Jury retires in murder case

Sally McGrath

Sally McGrath

First published in News

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a woman more than 30 years ago has retired to consider its verdict.

The naked body of Sally McGrath, 22, was found in a shallow grave in woodland near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980 after she vanished in July 1979.

Her killer could not be traced despite a major police investigation.

Former soldier and builder Paul Taylor, 60, originally from Peterborough and now living in Fareham,  was arrested last year.

Taylor, known as Barry, was charged with Miss McGrath's murder along with three counts of rape, one attempted rape, a serious sexual assault and an indecent assault.

This morning the jury retired to consider its verdict following an eight-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court in Essex.

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