Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Evidence concludes in Jean Gilbert murder trial

Evidence concluded this evening in the trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Castleknock in Dublin.

49-year-old David Bourke denies murdering Jean Gilbert at their family home on Laverna Dale, but has admitted stabbing her in their sitting room on the morning of the 28th of August 2007.

Taking the stand today, David Bourke said he had confronted his wife in the sitting room after she returned from seeing her lover. He said he attacked her with the knife and stabbed her.

He sobbed loudly in the stand saying he loved her and had never hurt her all the time he was with her, but that it was "too much". He said he had given her the kiss of life and called 999.

Apologising to their three young children, to his wife's family, and to the court, he said "from the bottom of my heart I'm deeply sorry".

In cross examination later this afternoon, Bourke admitted he was jealous and angry having read letters and emails between his wife and her lover.

He cried "no" when it was suggested that he didn't want her to leave him and that instead of this he killed her.

Closing speeches were expected to get under way tomorrow.



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