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Life sentence for 'evil murderer' of Shirley Finlay

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

A man who strangled a vulnerable young woman in County Antrim has been sentenced to at least 20 years in jail.

Polish national Henryk Gorski, 52, attacked Shirley Finlay, 24, in his Ballymena flat three years ago.

Gorski, who police described as an "evil murderer", wrapped her body in a duvet and used a pram to wheel her to a car park where she was dumped.

Speaking outside the court, Miss Finlay's foster mother, Mary Corry, said she was pleased with the tariff.

She also praised the police for their work in bringing Gorski to justice.

Delivering the sentence, Mr Justice Hart described the killing as "a brutal murder".

He said the way in which Gorski disposed of Miss Finlay's body was "callous in the extreme".

He added that Gorski's motives could only be a matter of speculation because there was no evidence of sexual contact.

Gorski, a meat factory worker, was on bail at the time he murdered Miss Finlay after his ex-partner made allegations of sexual assault against him.

He has since been acquitted of those charges as the woman declined to give evidence.

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

During his trial, the court heard that many hard facts linked Ms Finlay's death to Gorski's flat.

His fingerprints were on bin bags used to tie her body inside a duvet cover.

The duvet cover was also linked to his flat, as was a towel found with the body.

A grey jacket found beside her 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.

The judge commended the police officers and forensic scientists involved in the case.

He said their "painstaking efforts" brought Gorski to justice.

Following the murder conviction last month, Detective Inspector Ian Magee described Gorski as "an evil man who killed a vulnerable and defenceless young woman".



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