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Murder trial jury hears lover's 999 call

The young lover of a woman allegedly murdered by her retired police officer husband was so hysterical when he called the emergency services he could barely speak, a jury has heard.

The recording of the 999 call Andrew Jones made after he found the body of his lover Pauline Haveron in her bath was played at Belfast Crown Court.

Her husband, 58-year-old Joseph Alfred Haveron is on trial for her murder.

The jury were able to hear for themselves how the 30-year-old Mr Jones (right) was wailing and panting heavily during the five-minute call and had to be told numerous times by the operator to calm down and to take deep breaths.

He has already given evidence of how he found his 53-year-old lover lying face down in the bath of her Huntingdale Green home just after 1pm on April 18, 2010 and dragged her out before calling the emergency services.

Although Mr Jones found Mrs Haveron in the bath, she had in fact been strangled and it is the Crown case that retired police sergeant Haveron, from Farm Lodge Grove in Greenisland, killed her.

On Monday his defence team asked Mr Jones outright if he was Mrs Haveron's killer, a suggestion he denied.

Yesterday the jury heard Mr Jones, who met his lover through her son and church activities, shout down the phone at the emergency operator: “I found my girlfriend in the bath and she's blue.”

After being told to calm down, he manages to give the address but can be heard almost constantly wailing as he describes letting himself in through the patio door and then finding Mrs Haveron in the bath “cold, cold and she's blue”.

Mr Jones is in such a hysterical state the operator tells him to get a neighbour for help and the jury then heard the operator explaining to the neighbour what had happened.

“Is she beyond help?” asked the operator who was told: “Yes. She's freezing cold, her body is white and her face is purple. She's been here a while.”

The trial continues.

Belfast Telegraph