Tuesday 12 November 2019

Husband 'slit throat' of Irish wife over alleged affair, Australian court told

Comrie Cullen
Comrie Cullen
Christopher Cullen

Christopher Woodhouse

A man has gone on trial in Australia accused of murdering his Ireland-born wife in a row over an alleged affair.

Christopher Cullen (51) is charged with stabbing and slitting the throat of 39-year-old Victoria Comrie Cullen, from Bangor, Co Down, on January 22 last year.

The mother-of-three's bloodied body was found in a car park in Taren Point, Sydney, slumped in a "Muslim prayer position" with 18 separate knife cuts.

A Crown prosecutor told New South Wales Supreme Court yesterday that Cullen, a carpenter from Liverpool, stabbed his estranged wife to death during a row in which she taunted him about her sex life.

The prosecutor claimed Cullen went to his wife's apartment after they both appeared in court over damage to a car. Neighbours allegedly heard a woman screaming in pain, "Where are you taking me?" to which Cullen allegedly responded, "Just wait in the car".

The prosecutor claimed he then drove to the car park of an angling club where they had a row.

According to the prosecutor, Cullen allegedly "lost it" and she stabbed him before he stabbed her. A man walking his dog later discovered Ms Cullen's bloodied body which he initially mistook for a rolled up piece of carpet.

Police were called and they saw Cullen emerging from nearby bushes with knife wounds to his upper body. He allegedly told police that he had a fight with his wife who was "taunting" him with her sex life.

It's also alleged that Cullen bought two fishing knives and a black T-shirt from a camping shop before the incident.

Cullen has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter, claiming self defence and provocation, a plea which the prosecution have rejected.

The court was told that the couple's 15-year marriage deteriorated four months before Ms Cullen's death with Cullen allegedly telling her to leave their home or else he would kill her. It's claimed that as Cullen became more aggressive towards her, Ms Cullen would only meet him in public places to sort out domestic matters.

The prosecutor said Cullen had accused Ms Cullen of having an affair and once wrote derogatory slogans about her on plasterboard and placed them outside the beauty salon where she worked.

At the time of Ms Cullen's murder, a PSNI statement on behalf of her family in Northern Ireland said they were "devastated" by her death. The trial continues.

Belfast Telegraph

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