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'Body in boot' killers jailed for life

PUBLISHED: 15:54 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 19:08 10 March 2010

Robert McCarry

Robert McCarry

TWO men have today been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a charity worker.

Paul Waters

TWO men have today been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a charity worker.

Robert McCarry and Paul Waters, both of Ipswich, were sentenced by a judge at Ipswich Crown Court after they were convicted in January of the murder of Nicola West, who worked as a distribution manager for St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

McCarry was given a 19-year minimum term while Waters was told he must serve at least 13 years.

Both men were convicted of murdering the 34-year-old, of Leatherbottle Hill, Little Blakenham, on February 8 last year near the dry ski slope at Wherstead.

Nicola West

McCarry, 37, of Vernon Street, was convicted of raping Miss West and Waters, 29, of Sandpiper Road, was convicted of attempting to rape her.

Both men were found guilty of perverting the course of justice after they put Miss West's body in the boot of Waters' Ford Escort car and drove around the country for two days before informing police.

McCarry was also convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Both men had denied all the charges against them.

Miss West, who grew up in Colchester but later lived at Little Blakenham, met McCarry in the Punch and Judy pub in Ipswich on February 8 last year and left to have sex with him in a flat in Vernon Street.

Later that same evening Miss West and McCarry met up with Waters at the Silver Star pub and he drove them to the dry ski slope at Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

McCarry then raped Miss West in the back of Waters' car and his co-defendant attempted to rape her.

She was then strangled by McCarry before her body was driven around in the boot of Waters' car for two days before the defendants handed themselves into the police.

McCarry had claimed Miss West died after asking him to strangle her during sex to heighten her pleasure.

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