Former soldier and builder Paul Taylor, 60, originally from Peterborough and now of Valentine Close, Fareham, Hampshire, was arrested last year following a cold case review.
Today, at Chelmsford Crown Court, a jury found him guilty of murder following 23 hours of deliberation.
He was 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
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A driver got into a spot of trouble yesterday when his car got stuck at an exact 90 degree angle between two barriers.
After a mostly dry start with some sunny spells, but thickening cloud and scattered showers will spread from the west later.
The region is still recovering after a battering by winds of up to 75 miles an hour and the disruption is set to continue until tomorrow.