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Mary McLaren murder case: Crown ends evidence

Mary McLaren
Image caption Mary McLaren went missing after a night out at a Dundee nightclub

The prosecution has finished its evidence in the case of a man accused of raping and murdering a mother-of-three who had been on a night out.

Mary McLaren, 34, vanished after visiting Fat Sam's nightclub in Dundee. Her body was discovered about two weeks later hidden under ivy.

It is alleged that Patrick Rae seized her, forcibly removed her clothing and sexually assaulted her.

The 41-year-old denies raping and murdering Mrs McLaren.

The High Court in Edinburgh is now expected to hear evidence from Mr Rae who has lodged a special defence of alibi and consent.

The alleged offences are said to have happened between 25 February and 10 March last year at North Marketgait and elsewhere in Dundee.

Mr Rae is alleged to have repeatedly punched Mrs McLaren on the head and struck her head and body on the ground and against a wall or otherwise inflicted violence on her.

The accused is also said to have repeatedly struck her on the neck with a knife or similar instrument, placed a piece of fabric or similar item over her throat, seized her by the throat and compressed it.

Mr Rae denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by hiding her body under leaf litter and foliage, disposing of her coat and bag, getting rid of a knife or similar instrument and of clothing worn by him.

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