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Man on trial 32 years after discovery of Sally McGrath's body

The trial of a man charged with murder after a 32-year mystery surrounding the discovery of a young woman's body near Peterborough is expected to begin.

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

Despite what police describe as Cambridgeshire's biggest pre-Soham murder investigation, the killer could not be found.

Last year, Paul Barry Taylor, 60, originally from Peterborough and now living in Fareham, Hampshire, was charged with the murder.

Taylor also faces three counts of rape, one of serious sexual assault and one of indecent assault against three different women.

The former builder and chip shop owner denies the charges and will stand trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Miss McGrath was last seen alive at about 3pm on July 11 1979 at the Bull Hotel in Westgate, Peterborough.

Her body, naked except for a pair of boots, was found by a gamekeeper on March 1 1980, partially buried in Wild Boar Spinney, at Castor Hanglands, to the west of Peterborough.

A post-mortem examination revealed she had died from a "blunt force" injury to her head.

Miss McGrath had been living with her parents and brother in Towler Street, Peterborough, when she vanished.

Sally McGrath's body was found in a shallow grave Credit: ITV Anglia
The search for Sally McGrath's body. Credit: ITV Anglia

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