Husband found guilty of murdering Northern Ireland wife Victoria Cullen in Australia
The husband of a Northern Ireland woman has been found guilty of her murder in Australia.
The body of Victoria Comrie Cullen was discovered in the grounds of a fishing club car park in southern Sydney in Australia on January 22 last year.
The 39-year-old Bangor woman - who was found curled up in a "Muslim prayer position" - had been repeatedly stabbed and had her throat cut.
Her estranged husband Christopher Cullen (51), a carpenter, originally from Liverpool, had pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.
After three-and-a-half hours of deliberating on Tuesday the jury of eight men and four women at NSW Supreme Court found him guilty of murder and rejected his claims that he was provoked into slitting in his wife's throat while acting in self-defence.
Friends of Ms Cullen sobbed loudly as the verdict was handed down.
A few months before her death Cullen had ordered his wife out of their home threatening to kill her and accusing her of having an affair.
Cullen was found by police at the crime scene emerging from the mangroves with knife wounds.
At the time of his arrest Cullen told police his wife had taunted him about her sex life and he "lost it".
The 39-year-old beauty therapist was found face down and slumped over in the car park of a fishing club in Taren Point.
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.
The trial heard Cullen had accused her of having an affair.
Ms Cullen had a brief affair with a young Danish man but it ended a month before her death.
Speaking outside court Ms Cullen's friend Reece Jomaa said her death would have a lasting impact. and that she was devastated.
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