A jury at Caernarfon Crown Court has found Paul Jordan guilty of murdering his wife Elizabeth Jordan, at her Maesgeirchen home in Bangor last July.
Jordan, 54, of Ffordd Siabod, Y Felinheli, will be sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court on 21st May 2018, and will be remanded in custody until that time. Judge Rhys Rowlands said there can only be one sentence for murder, that of life imprisonment, but he needs more information about the effect of the crime on Jordan’s family.
The mother-of-two, known as Betty, 53, was found with serious injuries at her house in Trem y Garnedd, Maesgeirchen, Bangor, shortly before 9am on 31st July last year, after being stabbed by Paul Jordan; he had then driven to Porth Penrhyn staying there for several hours, before driving erratically through Bangor city centre and then heading to Felinheli where he was arrested by police.
Jordan had admitted killing his wife but claimed he was not guilty of murder, but rather manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
Two psychiatrists who had assessed Jordan, while he was on remand at Altcourse Prison, had agreed that he was suffering from a mental illness at the time of his wife’s death.
The couple had been together for over 30 years and had moved to Bangor from Ireland in the mid 1980s and were both popular members of the local community.
In his summary the Judge described how the couple had been arguing and bickering for some time but Jordan would spoil his wife buying her jewellery and taking her out and on holiday, the couple had attended Chester races together just two days before the murder.
Defence barrister Gordon Cole QC, had argued that Paul Jordan was not behaving coherently when he killed his wife and that his mental health had deteriorated significantly and in the weeks and months before he killed her, and that he was suffering from delusions.
The prosecution maintained that Jordan had acted deliberately and purposefully throughout.