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Man starts 5 years for killing wife

Published 15/05/1999

A CRIME of passion killer was today beginning a five-year prison sentence over the death of his unfaithful wife.

A CRIME of passion killer was today beginning a five-year prison sentence over the death of his unfaithful wife.

Noel Calvert (42) admitted stabbing and stamping on mum-of- five Jennifer Calvert (41) as she lay on the ground outside their house in the Belvoir estate, Belfast _ before twice dropping a concrete block on her head and killing her.

He was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for five years for his 'crime of passion'.

Calvert admitted flying into a rage after discovering his wife at home with a naked man with whom she admitted having an affair for eight years.

The 11-member jury returned majority verdicts of 10-1 on both counts.

He was also convicted of committing actual bodily harm to Mrs Calvert's lover David Crymble.

Sentencing Calvert, Mr Justice Nicholson said he agreed entirely with the jury's verdict.

He said Calvert had to be punished for what he had done and others had to be deterred.

He said the scene witnessed by others as Calvert killed his wife outside their home had been a terrible one.

However, he said Calvert had been a loving husband and a doting father to the couple's five children, who included a girl from Mrs Calvert's previous marriage.

He said Calvert's love of his wife for 20 years had been destroyed in a few minutes.

Fifteen-year-old Carol Calvert took the witness stand and said she had no inkling that her mother was having an affair or that her father was building up to a terrible action.

Defence counsel Terry McDonald QC told the court that beyond the moment of madness the defendant was not a threat to anyone.

Belfast Telegraph

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