Fareham man in court for murder

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Chilton and District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A MAN appeared in court yesterday accused of murdering a woman 32 years ago.

Paul Taylor, 59, of Valentine Close, Fareham, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of Sally McGrath, 22, in 1979.

He was also accused of three counts of rape, one count of indecent assault and one count of a serious sexual assault, all of which are alleged to have happened in the first half of 1979.

The court remanded him in custody and he is due to appear at Norwich Crown Court on Thursday for bail application and a preliminary hearing.

Sally McGrath was last seen at the Bull Hotel, in Westgate, Peterborough, at around 3pm on July 11, 1979. Her body was found in a shallow grave in Castor Hanglands, on March 1, 1980. A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from a blunt force injury to her head but it is not known what caused the injury.