Prosecution describes Paul Taylor as a "sexual predator" willing to use violence to get his own way.
Taylor's been charged with three counts of rape, one attempted rape, one serious sexual assault one indecent assault and one murder, against four separate women from 1979 and 1980.
The trial is expected to last for eight weeks.
The jury of eight women and four men has been sworn in.
Taylor denies the charges.
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