Life sentence for man who stabbed ex-wife to death over dating website

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Lorna (inset) and Barry McCarthy
Lorna (inset) and Barry McCarthy

A jealous husband who murdered his ex-wife after discovering she had been using dating websites has been jailed for life.

Lorna McCarthy, 50, was found stabbed to death by Barry McCarthy, 51, in the home they still shared in Gorleston, Norfolk, last September.

The couple had separated four months earlier after she ended their relationship, but they continued to live together and slept in separate bedrooms.

Following their separation, McCarthy discovered that his wife had been using dating websites. He confronted her about it and she agreed to close them down.

But on September 27, they had an argument and she sent text messages to friends and family saying she feared for her life.

The following day he handed himself into police saying he had killed his wife. A post-mortem examination found she had been stabbed in the heart.

Today in court, judge Anthony Bate sentenced McCarthy to serve a minimum of 16 years of a life sentence, Norfolk Police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham said: "The sentence today reflects the severity of what was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman in her own home by a man she had spent 25 years of her life with.

"My thoughts are with Lorna's family and friends in the hope that today's verdict will not only bring them comfort but will also help them start to try and rebuild their lives following Lorna's tragic death."