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Husband found guilty of murdering Irish wife in Australia

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Victoria Comrie Cullen
Victoria Comrie Cullen

A carpenter, 51, has been found guilty of murdering his Irish wife in Australia.

Christopher Cullen, originally from Liverpool, had pleaded not guilty to murder, but guilty to manslaughter.

However, a jury at New South Wales Supreme Court found him guilty of the murder of his estranged wife, Victoria Comrie Cullen, from Bangor, County Down. 

The jury rejected Mr Cullen's claims that he had slit his wife's throat in self-defence on January 22 of last year.

 The court heart how in the months previous to Mrs Cullen's murder, Mr Cullen had ordered the 39-year-old beauty therapist to leave their home.

 He had accused Mrs Cullen of having an affair.

On the morning of her death, Mrs Cullen had been arguing with her husband in a row over their car.

Mr Cullen said that he lost control when his wife began taunting him over her sex life.

Neighbours spoke of how they heard a "woman screaming and in pain" in the couple's garage.

Mr Cullen then drove his wife to a camping shop where he bought a black tee-shirt and two knives.

He drove Mrs Cullen to a remote car park at a fishing club in Taren Point.

When police arrived at the scene they found Mrs Cullen slumped in the car, and caught Christopher Cullen as he emerged from nearby mangroves with knife wounds.