Estranged husband guilty of Betty Jordan murder

Family photo: North Wales Police

A man who stabbed his estranged wife at her Bangor home has been found guilty of murder.

Paul Jordan denied the murder of Betty Jordan last July. The BT worker claimed he had carried out manslaughter by diminished responsibility, but he was convicted by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The judge told Mr Jordan (54) to expect a life sentence in prison.

Mrs Jordan died from her injuries in hospital after she was stabbed in the heart in Trem y Garnedd, Maesgeirchen on the morning of July 31st.

The defendant had driven to her home from his rented flat in Y Felinheli, having called in sick for work. The jury heard he intended to kill Mrs Jordan, and possibly, himself. He went to Penrhyn Quarry for several hours after the stabbing and was later arrested near Y Felinheli.

Mr Jordan believed his wife was having an affair with another man – although there was no evidence to prove this.

The couple had moved to North Wales in 1983 after meeting in Dublin, but their relationship was strained by arguments and claims of domestic violence. They spent the day together at Chester Races two days before Mrs Jordan was killed.

Mr Jordan was said to be suffering from an abnormality of brain function since a close friend committed suicide. He had been referred to mental health services just weeks before the murder. The defence claimed that Jordan had become deluded, but when he visited his wife’s house, he had not intended to cause any harm. He decided not to give evidence to the jury.

A psychologist told the trial he believed the defendant had become increasingly paranoid and obsessed about his wife and claimed he had evidence to prove she was having an affair.

The jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict after two days of deliberations. A trial was previously held in January but proceedings were halted for legal reasons.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told the court that he needed more evidence on what effect the murder had on the family before setting down a minimum jail term. But the judge told Jordan a life sentence was the only one for murder.

He was remanded in custody until sentencing takes place on Monday 21st May.

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