Mary McLaren murder trial closing speeches heard

Mary McLaren Mary McLaren went missing after a night out at a Dundee nightclub

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A jury has heard the closing speeches in the trial of a man accused of raping and murdering a 34-year-old mother-of-three in Dundee.

Mary McLaren's body was found in March 2010, two weeks after she went missing.

Patrick Rae, 41, denies the charges and has lodged a special defence of alibi and consent.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard closing speeches from advocate depute David Young QC and defence advocate Mark Stewart QC.

Mr Young said Mrs McLaren died a violent death and suggested Mr Rae was responsible for her rape and murder between 25 February and 10 March 2010.

Mr Stewart urged jurors to acquit Rae of the allegations and said the pair had consensual sex in Fat Sam's nightclub before walking outside together.

Mrs McLaren vanished after a night out at the nightclub. Her body was discovered about two weeks later hidden under ivy.

Mr Rae is accused of repeatedly punching Mrs McLaren on the head and striking her head and body on the ground.

He is also said to have repeatedly struck her on the neck with a knife or similar instrument, placed a piece of fabric or similar item over her throat, seized her by the throat and compressed it.

Mr Rae denies attempting to defeat the ends of justice by hiding her body under leaf litter and foliage, disposing of her coat and bag, getting rid of a knife or similar instrument and of clothing worn by him.

The trial continues.

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