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Victoria Cullen murder trial - Diary extracts describe husband as 'very aggressive'

The trial of a man accused of the murder of his Northern Irish wife has been shown her diary entries which described him as "very aggressive", a court has heard.

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, has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter.

Extracts of diary entries in Ms Cullen's handwriting, found by police in her Sutherland apartment, were given to the jury to consider in the final days of the murder trial.

In an entry dated January 20, 2014 Victoria Comrie Cullen described her husband's manner during a phone call two days before he killed her, a NSW Supreme Court jury has been told.

It said: "He was very aggressive. Told me to stop going on."

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.

Crown prosecutor Siobhan Herbert went step-by- step through the crown case in her closing address.

"Blood marks show Ms Cullen was then bundled into the boot of her husband's car before he is later seen buying two "guaranteed sharp" fishing knives and a black-t-shirt, " she added.

"Why? Because he had decided to use the knife or knives on Comrie Cullen. He needs a t-shirt because there are knives and there is going to be blood".

Mr Cullen's barrister Winston Terracini SC said the attack on Ms Cullen was consistent with someone who had lost control.

He said: "This wasn't one lethal stab wound to the heart this was a frenzied attack."

The New South Wales Supreme Court was previously told that Mr Cullen was found wet and bleeding at the crime scene and allegedly told police the former couple had a fight and though he didn't know what had happened next, he had "lost it".

The trial continues.

Further reading:

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Victoria Cullen murder trial: Jury shown 'knife husband used to cut wife's throat' 

Slain mum had a secret fund to flee 'erratic' husband, court told

Man accused of killing Bangor wife Victoria Cullen sent 'can't cope with lies no more' text to his sister, Australian court told

Victoria told me husband had tried to strangle her, victim's lover reveals to murder trial

Victoria told me husband had tried to strangle her, Bangor woman's father tells murder trial

Bangor woman Victoria Cullen killed by husband over sex taunts, Australian court told

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