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'Evil man' guilty of town murder

Henryk Gorski
Henryk Gorski wass linked to the murder by DNA evidence

A man described as evil by police, has been found guilty of murdering a vulnerable woman in Ballymena.

Polish national Henryk Gorski, 52, attacked Shirley Finlay three years ago. He punched and strangled her before dumping her in a car park.

The partially-clothed body of Ms Finlay, who was 24, was found in Hill Street, Ballymena in September 2006.

Gorski's fingerprints were on bin bags used to wrap her body. The meat plant worker will be sentenced next month.

His original trial had to be aborted in May after he sacked his legal team just one day short of the prosecution completing their case against him.

During the second trial which opened late last month, the court heard that despite Gorski's denials, many hard facts linked Ms Finlay's dead body, "or more particularly, the things used to conceal her dead and naked body", to his flat.

Beside his prints on the bin bags, the duvet cover was also linked to his flat as was a towel found inside the bundle and a grey jacket found beside her body bore traces of DNA from Gorski's former lover.

A strand of hair matching that of Ms Finlay's was also recovered from a carpet in Gorski's Hill Street flat.

Shirley Finlay's body was found in a car park in 2006
Shirley Finlay's body was found in a car park in 2006

Following the conviction, Detective Inspector Ian Magee said Gorski was "an evil man who killed a vulnerable and defenceless young woman".

"He is still in denial and has shown no remorse. All our communities are a lot safer today now that he is behind bars."

He added: "We built a strong forensic case and we got considerable assistance from the community in Ballymena.

"I think it is important to say this was from all sections of the community including members of Eastern European groups.

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