Jury sent home in 1979 murder case

Sally McGrath

Sally McGrath

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The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering a woman 30 years ago has been sent home for the night.

Sally McGrath, 22, was found naked in a shallow grave in woodland near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980 after vanishing in July 1979.

Her killer could not be found 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. He denies all charges.

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

Jurors had not reached any verdict by 4.30pm and will recommence deliberations at midday tomorrow.

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