A Polish national who claims a former lover framed him for murder, yesterday went on trial accused of battering and strangling 25-year-old Co Antrim woman Shirley Finlay to death.
Her naked body, wrapped in a duvet cover bound in black binbags, was discovered three years ago in the Hill Street car park of Ballymena Baptist Church, on September 19, 2006.
Antrim Crown Court heard she had been strangled and also had bruising to her neck, scalp, face and left eye suggesting blows or punches or forceful pressure.
Former 52-year-old meat plant worker Henryk Gorski, who had been living in flat in Hill Street, denies murdering Ms Finlay, described as being a little eccentric, but nonetheless “a quiet, harmless loner who seemed to prefer her own company”.
Prosecuting QC Richard Weir told the jury that while Gorski suggested to police his “erstwhile lover” Gabriella Cabernak had framed him, he could not explain how his fingerprints got on the binbags nor any of other “hard facts” linking him to Ms Finlay's dead body.
“They are unexplained, none of these matters are explained,” said Mr Weir.
Gorski sat looking around as an interpreter translated the opening of the prosecution case against him.
Mr Weir revealed that while the case against Gorski relied on “circumstantial evidence”, that “evidence points ... inexorably to the accused”.
“He has denied killing her or having anything to do with her, yet many hard facts link her dead body, or more particularly the things used to conceal her dead and naked body, to his flat,” declared Mr Weir.
Trial judge Mr Justice Hart also heard that the duvet cover can be linked to Gorski’s flat.