Belfast Telegraph

Pauline McConnell: killed by a single stab wound

Love rift ended in stabbing tragedy, court told

By Debra Douglas

By Debra Douglas

A COURT today heard how a Bangor man killed his girlfriend with a single stab wound after she told him she didn't love him any more.

David Jones (37), of Lismore Avenue, Bangor, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of mother-of-three Pauline McConnell (41) in the town on January 3, 2005.

At Downpatrick Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, Crown Counsel Andrew Donaldson QC said that on the night in question Mrs McConnell told the accused she didn't love him any more.

He said Jones then followed her into the bathroom where words were exchanged before he went to the kitchen and grabbed a knife.

Mr Donaldson QC said the defendant returned to the small bathroom and stood facing Mrs McConnell with a knife pointed towards his chest and said: "Is this what you want me to do?"

He told the court Jones then maintained that Mrs McConnell jumped off the toilet and landed on the knife which he had turned round.

The court then heard that Jones made a 999 call in which he said: "I have just murdered my girlfriend."

Mr Donaldson said that when police arrived at the scene Jones was standing with the knife in his hands and said: "I killed, I killed her, she is definitely dead" and then added: "The knife was meant for me, not her."

After being cautioned Jones then said: "It was me, I have killed her.

"I have stabbed her, it was me, I am a murderer, hands up."

Mr Donaldson added that Jones later said he had planned to stab himself.

Mr Donaldson said: "It is the Crown case that there was insufficient evidence to establish he intended to kill or seriously injure Pauline McConnell but evidence does demonstrate the accused behaved in a grossly negligent and reckless fashion in taking this knife and going to the bathroom.

Reserving sentencing until next week, Justice Deeny said it was "a very grave and rather unusual case".

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