Cambridgeshire: Murderer sentenced to a minimum 18 years

05/12/2012

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum 18 years, after being found guilty of murdering a Peterborough woman more than 30 years ago.

Former soldier Paul Taylor, of Fareham, Hampshire, was charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, with the murder of Sally McGrath, 22, after a cold case review by Cambridgeshire Constabulary which started in 2010.

Her body had been discovered in a shallow grave in woodland at Castor Hanglands, Cambridgeshire, in March 1980, but her killer had not been identified until a successful review of the case by Cambridgeshire detectives.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive on 11 July 1979 at a Peterborough hotel with Taylor, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

The jury found Taylor guilty of murder yesterday (December 4, 2012) following an eight-week trial.

He was also found guilty of three counts of rape, one attempted rape and a serious sexual assault, which were all committed in the months leading up to Miss McGrath's murder. The offences related to three different women.

Head of the Complex Casework Unit for the Crown Prosecution Service, Chris McCann said: "We are very satisfied with the outcome of the trial. This case proves that no matter when a crime is committed, we will always seek to bring the perpetrator to justice, and we are pleased Taylor will now spend a considerable length of time behind bars.

"We would like to commend Cambridgeshire Police for their review of the case as well as the witnesses that came forward to assist with the prosecution. This has been a challenging case, given the nature of the timescales, but we were confident of a positive outcome, which is especially important for the family and friends of Sally McGrath."