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Irishman charged with murdering wife in Wales

Elizabeth Mary Jordan
Elizabeth Mary Jordan

An Irish man has appeared in court charged with murdering his estranged wife.

Paul Martin Jordan (54) is accused of murdering Elizabeth Mary Jordan (53) last Monday, July 31.

Mr Jordan, who is living in Bangor but is originally from Castleiney, Co Tipperary, was brought before Caernarfon Magistrates court on Thursday.

According to local media Mr Jordan was remanded in custody by Judge Eleri Rees after he spoke only to confirm his address and date of birth and that he preferred proceedings in English.

The judge fixed a plea hearing for October 4.

His trial, which is expected to take two weeks, is scheduled to take place in January.

Nursing home worker Elizabeth was discovered with fatal knife injuries at a property in Bangor, North Wales on Monday, July 31 and later died in hospital.

On Thursday, Mrs Jordan’s children released a touching tribute to their mother, saying she was “naturally caring, kind and selfless”.

They said: “We as her children knew how much she doted on the two of us. Nothing was ever too much for Mum to help anyone in need and she always refused any gesture in return. She never passed judgement and treated everyone as her own.

"She was truly loved by family, friends, work colleagues and all who had the pleasure and privilege of meeting her. We are so very proud to be able to call her our mother, best friend and biggest role model in our lives. She will live on in our hearts forever and we will ensure that our memories of her will live on for as long as we live.

"To our beloved Mam, we adore you, we treasure you and we appreciate all that you did to ensure that we had the best in life. You made a massively brave decision at such a young age to move over to Wales to ensure that we had the best in life and we will forever be grateful for all that you did for us.

"We also want to extend our sincere appreciation to the emergency services who attended the scene with such urgency and have treated us all with the utmost respects and courtesy in our time of need, for that no words can ever describe our gratitude for all involved."

The children thanked the people who had sent them kind messages. "We will be  forever grateful for the community support."

In a statement, DCI Brian Kearney of North Wales Police said: “Despite an individual being charged with murder the increased Police presence in Maesgeirchen will continue for community reassurance and a point of contact for anyone to provide further information.

“Detectives from the Investigation Team will also continue to conduct inquiries locally.

“I am very grateful to our local community for the help we have received and I’d reiterate my appeal that should anyone have any information that will help us fully understand the sequence of events that led to the death of Mrs Jordan’s to contact the police.”