Wife killer found dead in jail

North Wales Police

A man who murdered his estranged wife in Bangor has been found dead in prison.

The Ministry of Justice said Paul Jordan died in custody at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool on Friday (6th July).

Jordan, a former BT worker and school governor from Y Felinheli, was serving at least fourteen years in jail for stabbing Betty Jordan with a kitchen knife at her home in Maesgeirchen last July.

The Prison Service said an independent inquiry into Mr Jordan’s death would be carried out by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, as with all deaths in custody.

Jordan (54) denied murder, claiming it was manslaughter by diminished responsibility – but he was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court in May.

The court heard he believed Mrs Jordan was involved in an affair with another man, although there was no evidence to suggest this. The couple had moved from Dublin to North Wales in the early 1980s, but their relationship had become strained by arguments and claims of domestic violence.

Mr Jordan had been suffering from an abnormality of brain function and was referred to mental health services just weeks before the murder. A psychologist told the trial he believed the defendant had become increasingly paranoid and obsessed about his wife.

Upon sentencing, Judge Rhys Rowlands said Jordan accepted there was no basis for his ”misplaced belief” but told him there had been ”a significant degree of premeditation” on his part for the attack on his wife.

In a statement after the trial, Mrs Jordan’s family said there were ”simply no winners” and there was ”no verdict that a jury can decide upon or sentence that a judge can pass that can ever be called justice in these circumstances.”

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