Man found guilty in historic murder case

Sally McGrath
Sally McGrath

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A FAREHAM man has been found guilty today of committing a murder more than 30 years ago.

Paul Taylor, 60, of Valentine Close, but originally from Peterborough, was found guilty of Sally McGrath’s murder as well as three counts of rape, one attempted rape, an indecent assault and a serious sexual assault by a jury following an eight-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

The sexual offences relate to three different women.

Miss McGrath, 22, was found naked in a shallow grave in woodland near Peterborough in March 1980 after vanishing in July 1979.

Her killer could not be found at the time despite a major police investigation.

Former soldier and builder Taylor was arrested last year after the case was re-opened by police and was subsequently charged with Miss McGrath’s murder along with the sexual offences.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil earlier told the court that Taylor was married at the time of the 1979 offences.

He added: ‘In the 1970s he was a reasonably good looking and physically strong young man. He was brimming with confidence and had the capacity to be an engaging flirt and a ladies’ man.

‘But if he did not have his own way he had the capacity to become violent very quickly. He used this violence to force young women into submission or simply have his way with them.’