Body in boot murderers to be sentenced

TWO men are due to be sentenced today for the murder of a charity worker whose body they carried around the country for two days in the boot of a car. Robert McCarry and Paul Waters today await sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court after a jury decided in January that Nicola West, a charity worker, was murdered by the two Ipswich men.

TWO men are due to be sentenced today for the murder of a charity worker whose body they carried around the country for two days in the boot of a car.

Robert McCarry and Paul Waters today await sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court after a jury decided in January that Nicola West, a charity worker, was murdered by the two Ipswich men.

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

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

The jury formerly reached a verdict of not guilty on another charge of rape against McCarry after being directed to do so by Judge John Devaux because of a lack of evidence.

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 Ipswich police.

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Prosecution lawyer Karim Khalil reminded the jury in January of the key evidence which he said would convict both men of murder.

He said that Waters drove his friend McCarry and a “very intoxicated” Miss West, from the Silver Star public house in Vernon Street to a secluded area near the dry ski-slope at Wherstead.

Mr Khalil said Waters tried to have sex with Miss West against her will and then McCarry raped her and punched her in the face before strangling her to death while Waters did nothing to stop him.