‘Psy­chotic’ man who killed his wife ‘had delu­sions’


Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Eryl Crump

A MAN ac­cused of mur­der­ing his wife went to see her on the morn­ing she died not to in­flict harm but to de­stroy her mo­bile phone which was said to be “the bane of our lives”, a psy­chi­a­trist told a jury.

Foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist Dr Inti Qureshi, called by the de­fence, be­lieved Paul Martin Jor­dan had suf­fered a se­vere men­tal ill­ness at the time of the killing. He’d be­lieved his wife was hav­ing an af­fair although there was no ev­i­dence to sup­port this.

The 54-year-old, of Ffordd Si­a­bod, Felin­heli, has de­nied mur­der­ing El­iz­a­beth Jor­dan

(in­set), 53, at Trem y Garnedd, Ban­gor, on July 31 last year.

But the jury has been told he ac­cepted he was guilty of man­slaugh­ter on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Dr Qureshi con­cluded Jor­dan was men­tally un­well at that time and Jor­dan’s med­i­cal notes has ref­er­ences to psy­chosis from May last year.

The doc­tor, told the jury he had seen Jor­dan twice at HMP Alt­course in Liv­er­pool.

He said: “My as­sess­ment would have been he was psy­chotic.”

He added that had Jor­dan not been suf­fer­ing from the psy­chotic ill­ness he be­lieved the tragic events would not have oc­curred.

But pros­e­cu­tion psy­chi­a­trist Dr San­deep Mathews did not agree with the com­ment.

He said he was un­sure and added it is a mat­ter for the jury to de­cide on that mat­ter.

Jor­dan had “delu­sions”, in­clud­ing that his move­ments were be­ing tracked, Dr Qureshi added.

Adrian Painter, a team leader at BT’s Ban­gor call cen­tre and Jor­dan’s line man­ager, de­scribed Jor­dan as “fun-lov- ing” and knew he liked a drink but this had never af­fected his work. Mr Painter said he no­ticed a change in Jor­dan from the start of 2016. He said he be­lieved there were dif­fi­cul­ties with his re­la­tion­ship with his wife. He last saw Jor­dan on July 26 be­fore go­ing on hol­i­day. He was “in good spir­its and ev­ery­thing seemed fine” his state­ment said. The jury also heard sev­eral state­ments from men, all who were at­tend­ing meet­ings of Al­co­holics Anony­mous in Ban­gor, who said they no­ticed changes in Jor­dan in the weeks be­fore the death of his wife. One said Jor­dan told him his wife was “out to get him” and feared there would be a tragedy and that his wife would kill him.

An­other said Jor­dan be­lieved his home was bugged and climbed into the loft to search for a de­vice.

Ear­lier Mr Cole told the jury that Jor­dan would not be giv­ing ev­i­dence on his own be­half.

Judge Rhys Row­lands com­mented: “It would be open to the jury to draw such in­fer­ences as ap­pear proper.”

The trial con­tin­ues.

Paul Jor­dan ‘thought his move­ments were be­ing tracked’

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