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Irish woman (39) had two-month affair with man (24) before husband killed her, court told

Published 14/05/2015 | 07:25

Christopher Cullen (51) denies the murder of his estranged wife Comrie Cullen (39)
Christopher Cullen (51) denies the murder of his estranged wife Comrie Cullen (39)

AN Irish woman who was killed by her husband had a two-month long affair with a 24-year-old man prior to her death, an Australian court has heard.

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Christopher Cullen (51) denies the murder of his estranged wife Comrie Cullen (39), however admits to her manslaughter on the basis of self defence.

She was found in a carpark with her throat slit, a broken nose, black eyes and 18 other knife wounds.

Mr Cullen told police he 'lost it' during an argument with his wife.

In the latest evidence 24-year-old Nick Baastrup told the court in New South Wales he met Ms Cullen in a nightclub in September 2013.

The pair began an affair, and she even came to live with him for a brief time when her husband kicked her out.

He told the court that Ms Cullen had confided in him about her husband being violent towards him.

Earlier, domestic violence councillor Penelope Ardren told the court that there was a history of domestic violence in the marriage.

A friend of Ms Cullen, Neke Rezitis, also told the court that he overheard Mr Cullen calling his wife ‘fat’, ‘ugly’ and a ‘slut’.

He also told the court that Ms Cullen had to leave the home she shared with her husband because she was ‘fearing for her life’.

The trial continues.

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