Rachel's killer to get life

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Rachel's killer to get life

A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN was found guilty yesterday of the murder of judge's daughter Rachel McGrath.

Nicholas Burton, 28, of New Mills, Derbyshire, knifed Ms McGrath in the car park of a public house in Bramhall, Cheshire, where she had called to collect her boyfriend. He was also convicted of kidnapping, falsely imprisonment and threatening to kill 17-year-old student Debbie Van Gerko only hours after 27-year-old Ms McGrath's murder.

The jury at Liverpool Crown Court rejected Burton's pleas of insanity and diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced today by Mr Justice Morland who said he had in mind three concurrent life sentences for the murder, kidnap and false imprisonment, and 10 years for threatening to kill.

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