Sally McGrath murder trial: Jury goes out

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

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

The body of Sally McGrath, 22, was found in woods near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980. She had gone missing eight months earlier.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive on 11 July 1979 at a Peterborough hotel with Paul Taylor, jurors at Chelmsford Crown Court have been told.

The former soldier and builder, 60, of Fareham, Hampshire, denies murder.

He has been on trial for the past eight weeks.

When Miss McGrath's body was found it was badly decomposed and police at the time could not recover any forensic evidence.

Mr Taylor, known as Barry, also denies three counts of rape, one attempted rape, a serious sexual assault and an indecent assault relating to three different women.

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