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Mary McLaren case: Evidence on body 'matched accused'

Mary McLaren
Image caption The court was shown ripped clothing belonging to Mary McLaren

Forensic evidence matching an alleged murderer was found on a woman who went missing from a Dundee nightclub, a court has heard.

A forensic scientist said tests revealed that semen matching the accused Patrick Rae were found on Mary McLaren.

The mother-of-three disappeared after a night out with her sister at the city's Fat Sam's nightclub.

Mr Rae, 41, denies raping and murdering Mrs McLaren.

Jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh were also shown items recovered from the scene, including a pair of shiny black leggings which had been ripped in three places as well as a ripped bra.

Mrs McLaren's body was discovered in the North Marketgait area of the city a fortnight after she was reported missing.

Mr Rae denies raping and murdering her between 25 February and 10 March 2010 at North Marketgait and elsewhere in Dundee.

He has lodged a special defence of alibi and consent in the trial. The trial before Lord Tyre continues.

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