Friday 22 September 2017

Husband who 'slit throat' of Irish wife found guilty of murder

Irishwoman Victoria Comrie Cullen was killed by estranged husband Christopher Cullen
Irishwoman Victoria Comrie Cullen was killed by estranged husband Christopher Cullen Newsdesk Newsdesk

A Sydney carpenter who repeatedly stabbed and cut the throat of an Irish woman has been found guilty of murder.

Christopher Cullen (51) had pleaded not guilty to the murder of his estranged wife Victoria Comire Cullen after he was arrested near where her body was found in south Sydney in 2014.

The body of the 39-year-old was found face down at a pub in Taren Point in January, and following his arrest, Mr Cullen said he had been provoked and has only killed the Irish woman in self-defence.

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He told police his wife had taunted him about her sex life and he had lost control.

The court heard that Ms Cullen's blood was found on the floor of a garage at a Sutherland unit block where she was living, and that Mr Cullen had taken her body from there in the boot of his car to where it was later found.

During the trial, CCTV footage was shown of Mr Cullen purchasing two knives and a black t-shirt from a fishing supplies store days before the killing.

Victoria Comrie Cullen
Victoria Comrie Cullen

The 51-year-old, who is originally from the UK, was found hiding in mangroves nearby Ms Cullen’s body and had seven stab wounds – the majority of which were found to be self-inflected by investigators.

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Outside court, friends of the mother-of-three said it had been "a harrowing time for those close to Comrie and her wide circle of friends".

"Her death is devastating for us and it will leave a profound impact on our community," she added.

A few months before her death, Ms Cullen had taken out an apprehended violence order against her husband after he had threatened to kill her, accusing her of having an affair.

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