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Murderer’s appeal is dismissed by judges

By Alan Erwin

A Polish man who battered and strangled a vulnerable young woman has failed in an attempt to have his minimum 20-year sentence reduced.

The Court of Appeal ruled Henryk Gorski being on bail for an alleged rape when he murdered Shirley Finlay (24) was correctly treated as an aggravating factor.

Ms Finlay's partially-clothed body was found at a car park in Ballymena in September 2006.

Gorski (55) was convicted of her murder by a unanimous jury verdict. The former meat factory worker was linked to the killing by fingerprints found on bin bags used to tie her body inside a duvet cover connected to his home.

Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan dismissed the appeal by Gorski's lawyers that the fact he was out on bail accused of rape, a charge he was cleared of, at the time of the killing of Ms Finlay was wrongly held against him during sentencing.

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