Body in boot pair found guilty

CHARITY worker Nicola West was murdered by two Ipswich men a jury has confirmed.The Ipswich Crown Court jury took five days to reach its verdicts in the trial of Robert McCarry and Paul Waters.

CHARITY worker Nicola West was murdered by two Ipswich men a jury has confirmed.

The Ipswich Crown Court jury took five days to reach its verdicts in the trial of Robert McCarry and Paul Waters.

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.

McCarry, 37, of Vernon Street, Ipswich 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 public 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. McCarry was also convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

McCarry's former girlfriend, Carla Huggins, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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All the jury's verdicts were unanimous apart from McCarry's rape conviction which was reached by a majority verdict of 11-1 and Waters' murder conviction which was reached by majority verdict of 10-2.

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.

Martyn Levett, for McCarry, said his client had previous convictions but one was for aggravated burglary and in that case someone died after the offence was committed but possibly in connection with it.

Mr Levett told the court “shock might have lead to a death”.

Judge Devaux said he would be requesting psychological reports on both defendants before passing sentence.

He said McCarry and Waters would be remanded in custody until they were sentenced at a later date and both would sign the sex offender's register.

Following the verdicts, Detective Superintendent David Cole, the senior investigating officer in the case said the case was a complex and unusual one.

He said: “The convictions in this case are testimony to the determination and professionalism of the officers involved in this investigation and will hopefully offer the family some form of closure. Our sympathies remain with Nicola's family after what has been a lengthy, distressing and very personal trial.”