Man charged with murdering woman 32 years ago

Sally McGrath
Sally McGrath

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A 59-year-old man from Fareham has been charged with the murder of a woman 32 years ago.

Sally McGrath, 22, was found dead in woods near the Cambridgeshire city of Peterborough in March 1980 after vanishing in July

Sally McGrath

Sally McGrath


Despite what police describe as Cambridgeshire’s biggest pre-Soham murder investigation the killer was never found.

Cambridgeshire Police re-opened inquiries following a cold case review last year and in December officers swooped on the Fareham home of Paul Taylor, 59, originally from Peterborough.

He was repeatedly released on bail since then and today answered bail at a police station in Peterborough, where he was charged with Miss McGrath’s murder.

Police during Sally McGrath murder hunt

Police during Sally McGrath murder hunt

The News understands that Mr Taylor had been a suspect in the original murder inquiry three decades ago although he was never charged.

He will appear at Peterborough Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The twice-married grandfather also faces three counts of rape, one of serious sexual assault and one of indecent assault against three different women.

One of the rape charges relates to an attack a month before Miss McGrath’s disappearance on a woman in Castor Hanglands, the place where the body was found.