Published: 18/05/2017 12:18 - Updated: 18/05/2017 12:31

Pensioner Michael Taylor guilty of murdering woman in Inverness

Written byCourt Reporter

Michael Taylor shortly after his first appearance in court last year.
Michael Taylor shortly after his first appearance in court last year.

A PENSIONER who murdered a 60-year-old woman after subjecting her to a "painful and terrifying" attack in her own home is tonight facing a life sentence.

Michael Taylor (71) was convicted today at the High Court in Edinburgh of murdering Elizabeth MacKay in Inverness last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how prosecutors were unable to discover why the thug took the life of Ms MacKay, who also went by the surname Muir.

But the court heard how Taylor grabbed defenceless Ms MacKay at her home in Kintail Court, Inverness, before repeatedly punching her on the head.

The fiend then caused her to fall to the ground and she lost consciousness. Taylor, a widower, then repeatedly struck her on the head with what prosecutors suspect was either a kitchen pot or pan.

He then removed her clothing, handled her breasts and bit her breast before fleeing the scene.

The offence took place sometime between March 28 and 31 last year.

Taylor, a prisoner of HMP Inverness, denied committing the crime. But he was nailed after police found his fingerprints and "large amounts" of his DNA at the scene.

Detectives also discovered that Taylor had admitted assaulting her to two people following the crime.

On their second day of deliberations, jurors returned a guilty verdict to murder.

Taylor will be sentenced at a later date.

- Pick up tomorrow's Inverness Courier for more on the case, including reaction from the judge and police.

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