Cambridgeshire

Paul Taylor denies 1979 murder of Sally McGrath

Murder victim Sally McGrath
Image caption Miss McGrath died from a blunt force injury to her head

A 59-year-old man charged with murdering a Peterborough woman more than 30 years ago has appeared in court to deny the charge.

The body of Sally McGrath, 22, was found in Wild Board Spinney, at Castor Hanglands, in March 1980.

Paul Taylor, of Fareham, Hampshire, appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London, where he pleaded not guilty to murder, a court official said.

Mr Taylor's trial is due to begin on 2 October, a court spokesman said.

'Blunt force'

Mr Taylor also denied three charges of rape, one of attempted rape one of another serious sexual offence and one of indecent assault.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive at about 15:00 BST on 11 July 1979 at the Bull Hotel in Westgate, Peterborough, in the company of a man.

Her body, naked except for a pair of boots, was found by a gamekeeper on 1 March 1980, partially buried at a site to the west of Peterborough.

It was badly decomposed and police at the time could not recover any forensic evidence.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from a blunt force injury to her head.

Miss McGrath was living with her parents and brother in Tower Street, Peterborough, when she vanished.

Cambridgeshire Police reopened inquiries following a cold case review in 2010.

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