Jealous boyfriend jailed for murder
A violently jealous boyfriend stabbed a mother-of-three to death in a brutal Christmas Eve attack, then went out for a pint and a pizza.
Charmaine Macmuiris, 37, had been with David O'Sullivan for three weeks before he stabbed her to death in a jealous rage.
O'Sullivan, 28, admitted her murder on Monday moments before he was due to stand trial for the knife attack in which she was stabbed 10 times.
The mother-of-three was found dead at O'Sullivan's flat in Carmarthen, west Wales, on Christmas Day. The attack was probably carried out over just three minutes the evening before.
O'Sullivan was jailed for life at Swansea Crown Court and sentenced to a minimum term of 14 years. The court heard that the motiveless attack could have happened after an initial assault in the flat's lounge.
A pool of blood by the sofa suggested Ms Macmuiris had laid bleeding on the floor, attacked possibly with a blunt instrument, for some time before being moved to the bedroom.
The knife attack happened in the bedroom with a long bladed kitchen knife which was part of a collection stored in a box on the wardrobe.
The court heard that O'Sullivan was deeply jealous of Ms Macmuiris and falsely believed a male friend of hers, named Jan Duran, was a love rival. He sent a series of threatening texts warning Mr Duran to keep away from her after discovering they had contacted each other by text.
Despite her protests that Mr Duran was only a friend, O'Sullivan enticed Ms Macmuiris out for a Christmas Eve drink in Carmarthen.
Patrick Harrington QC, prosecuting, said she had planned to stay in and wrap presents with her family, but she agreed to meet O'Sullivan and an argument appears to have broken out almost immediately.