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A WOMAN has described how her ‘life flashed before her eyes’ as she was attacked and raped by a Fareham man accused of carrying out a murder in 1979.

The woman, who can not be named, told a court that she was raped by Paul Taylor, in March 1979, a year before Sally McGrath’s body was found.

Taylor, of Valentine Close, Fareham, is on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court accused of 22-year-old Miss McGrath’s murder and three counts of rape, one attempted rape, a serious sexual assault and an indecent assault.

The sexual offences relate to three different women.

The woman, who fought back tears while giving evidence, said Taylor drove her to a secluded country lane and raped her in his car.

‘I will never forget what he did until the day I die,’ she said.

Former soldier Taylor, 60, was arrested last year.

He denies the charges.

The body of Miss McGrath was found naked in a shallow grave in woodland near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980. She went missing on July 11, 1979, after reports she was seen drinking with Taylor and two others at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough.

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