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Man who strangled his ex in jury plea

A lawyer for a man who strangled his ex-girlfriend to death has asked a jury to find him guilty of manslaughter and not murder.

Stephen Cahoon (39) of Harvey Street in Londonderry, admits killing Jean Quigley at her home in the city’s Cornshell Fields when she was 10 weeks pregnant with his son. However, the father-of-one has pleaded not guilty to murdering the 30-year-old mother-of-four on July 26, 2008.

Both sides gave their closing speeches in Cahoon’s murder trial at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday.

Paul Burns SC, defending, said that his client had been provoked, lost control and killed Ms Quigley and therefore was guilty of manslaughter, not murder.

Cahoon claimed he saw red when Ms Quigley told him the baby was not his and that she was going to have an abortion.

However, Patrick Marrinan SC, prosecuting, said: “This is a case of murder and the suggestion that he temporarily lost control has been rebutted.”

Mr Justice Barry White will order the jury to begin deliberating today.

Belfast Telegraph