Judge sums up in Betty Jordan murder trial

Family photo: North Wales Police

The jury in the trial of a man accused of murdering his estranged wife is set to retire to consider its verdict.

Paul Jordan from Y Felinheli denies the murder of carer Betty Jordan at her home in Maesgeirchen, near Bangor, last July. But the 54 year-old admits manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility – a guilty plea rejected by the prosecution.

In his summing up at Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Rhys Rowlands told the jury that it was accepted Mr Jordan had driven from his rented flat to Trem y Garnedd, where he stabbed Mrs Jordan in the heart. She died later in hospital.

The defendant believed she had been having an affair with another man, although there was no evidence to suggest this. During the trial, a psychiatrist said he believed Jordan had become increasingly paranoid.

The jury was told it was up to them to decide whether the argument for diminished responsibility had been established and whether Mr Jordan was guilty of murder or manslaughter.

He added it was open to the jury to conclude whether the defendant would be unable to answer any questions from the prosecution because he decided not to give evidence to court.

Judge Rowlands is expected to conclude his summing up on Wednesday once the court has heard psychiatric reports.


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