Saturday 3 December 2016

Man who killed his Irish wife in 'callous murder' in Australia sentenced to 30 years

Published 02/07/2015 | 15:40

Christopher Cullen killed his estranged wife Comrie Cullen (39)
Christopher Cullen killed his estranged wife Comrie Cullen (39)

A MAN who killed his Irish wife in a "callous murder" in Australia has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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Victoria Comrie Cullen (39) was brutally stabbed 18 times and found with her throat cut, her nose broken, her face badly beaten and her clothes soaked in blood.

Comrie Cullen died in a knife attack
Comrie Cullen died in a knife attack

The mother-of-three's body was found face down and slumped over in the car park of a fishing club in Taren Point, Sydney, Australia, on January 22 last year.

On Thursday in the NSW Supreme Court Justice Ian Harrison said 52-year-old Christopher Cullen had not expressed remorse nor contrition for murdering Ms Cullen in a "ferocious and sustained attack".

He was sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in jail with a non-parole period of 22 years and six months.

With time served he will be eligible for parole in January 2036.

Christopher Cullen, who was arrested over the death of wife Comrie Cullen in Australia
Christopher Cullen, who was arrested over the death of wife Comrie Cullen in Australia

As he was led away from the dock Cullen showed no emotion.

Outside the court, Christina Arciuli, Mrs Cullen's close friend and boss at the Sylvania Waters beauty salon where she worked, said: "It's a great result.

"Her family will have at least some solice in this today," Ms Arciuli said.

At the time of his arrest Cullen told police his wife had taunted him about her sex life and he "lost it".

Having been to court that morning over a car dispute between the pair, the court heard that Mr Cullen followed his wife to her Sutherland unit garage where a struggle ensued.

Neighbours heard "a woman screaming and in pain" from a garage and a man saying "just wait in the car".

Cullen then drove to a camping shop bought a black T-shirt and two knives from a nearby camping store and drove to an isolated outdoor area of the fishing club in Taren Point.

It is here where Ms Cullen's body was discovered.

Police were called and they saw Cullen emerging from the mangroves with knife wounds.

He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter but the jurors - eight men and four women - at New South Wales Supreme Court rejected Cullen's claims that he was provoked into slitting his wife's throat while he was acting in self-defence.

Belfast Telegraph

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