Published: 16/06/2017 12:14 - Updated: 16/06/2017 12:19

Inverness pensioner who committed "brutal" murder has his sentence deferred

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Michael Taylor is awaiting sentence.
Michael Taylor is awaiting sentence.

A PENSIONER who committed a “staggeringly brutal” and motiveless murder that caused his victim a “terrifying death” was due to be sentenced today – but it will now happen next month instead.

Michael Taylor (71) was convicted last month of murdering Elizabeth MacKay at her Inverness home last year.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the widower grabbed his defenceless victim at her home in Kintail Court before repeatedly punching her on the head. After she collapsed and lost consciousness he then repeatedly struck her on the head with what prosecutors suspect was either a kitchen pot or pan.

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

Taylor, a prisoner at Inverness, had denied committing the crime, which took place sometime between March 28 and 31 last year.

But he was found guilty by a jury after they heard “compelling” forensic evidence linking Taylor to the murder.

He was remanded in custody.

Sentence was adjourned after a judge heard that social workers haven’t completed a report into Taylor’s character.

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