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Meals on wheels man 'sexually abused and slashed spinster's throat'

by Marylyn Crossley (2020-06-01)

Miss Shepherd (pictured) was killed in 1994 in her warden-aided flat 

Prediksi Persipura Jayapura Vs Persija Jakarta 11-09-2019A meals on wheels delivery man sexually abused and slashed the throat of an 86-year-old spinster before he strangled her with a tea towel, a court heard.

Raymond Kay, 70, is alleged to have sexually assaulted, robbed and murdered Amy Shepherd 25 years ago.

Forensic techniques developed since her death provide 'compelling scientific evidence' Kay was her killer, the prosecution said.

Miss Shepherd, who had never married, was living alone in warden-aided sheltered accommodation when she was murdered on Tuesday August 2, 1994.

Kay would have been 46 at the time of the killing, prosecutor Richard Wright QC told the jury at Bradford Crown Court.

The jury was told: 'The clear inference is that her killer had targeted her as a suitable candidate for robbery.'

Mr Wright said Miss Shepherd was a popular lady, fiercely independent and very security conscious.

Her body was discovered by the warden's husband when he called round at her flat in the early evening to administer her eye-drops.

Mr Wright QC said: 'Amy was lying in the lounge on her back in a pool of her own blood.

'The blood had come from terrible wounds to her neck her killer had inflicted with a serrated kitchen type knife that lay on the carpet between her legs.

Raymond Kay has denied one charge of murder and faced Bradford Crown Court (pictured) for trial today

'The wounds had been delivered as a final act in the culmination of a brutal assault during which she had been beaten, strangled with a ligature and then had her throat cut.'

A distinctive ring was missing from Miss Shepherd's hand along with her keys, cash, a watch and a second ring.

Mr Wright said Kay, now of Halifax, West Yorkshire, had delivered meals on wheels to Miss Shepherd following a community service order imposed by Bradford Magistrates for road traffic offences.



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Share Records showed he stopped complying with the order on June 5, 1994, two months before the murder.

Mr Wright alleged there was 'compelling' scientific evidence linking Kay, who pleads not guilty to murder, to the killing.

He added: 'We say that because the DNA profile of this defendant was found in no less than four crucial areas, three on and in her body and another on a tea towel.'

Mr Wright said Miss Shepherd was unable to cook and from time to time relied on the meals on wheels service.

He said: 'She could not have known that her use of that service, a service that she would obviously trust and allow into her home, would introduce her to her killer.'

The court heard Miss Shepherd was attacked shortly in her Bradford home shortly after arriving back from a shopping trip.

Dr John Clarke, the Home Office Pathologist called to the scene, said she had broken ribs. He said this was likely from the killer kneeling on her chest.

The knife had been plunged into her throat to its full depth and then torn across the front of her throat causing massive damage to the internal and external structures of the neck.

Mr Wright said: prediksi jakarta 'She had been attacked, she had been sexually assaulted - in all likelihood raped - and then strangled with a ligature before her killer had finally ended her suffering by ripping open her neck with the knife left lying between her legs.'

The jury heard the killer used a rolled up tea towel as a ligature, leaving it on the settee and locking the door behind him.

Mr Wright said new DNA techniques could now be applied to crime scenes from 25 years ago.

He alleged forensic evidence from Miss Shepherd's body and the tea towel provided compelling evidence that Kay was the killer. Richard Kay denies one charge of murder. The trial continues.