Jury hears woman was attacked by accused

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A WOMAN has spoken in court about how she was attacked by a Fareham man shortly after he was alleged to have murdered a 22-year-old in 1979.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has told how the attempted rape by Paul Taylor of Valentine Close in Fareham, has haunted her for decades.

Taylor, 60, is standing trial at Chelmsford Crown Court accused of killing Sally McGrath in Peterborough as well as a string of historic sex attacks.

The woman had made a complaint to the police shortly after Miss McGrath’s death. Taylor was charged with attempted rape but acquitted by a jury after she changed her account in court.

Giving evidence, she claimed she had been offered money by Taylor’s family if she dropped the case. She said she eventually agreed in order to protect his children. She added: ‘I have had 32 years of nightmares, of anger and horrible things for what he did to me.

Miss McGrath was in a shallow grave in woodland near Peterborough in 1980.

Taylor denies murder as well as three counts of rape, one attempted rape, a serious sexual assault and an indecent assault. (Proceeding)