‘Psychotic’ man who killed his wife ‘had delusions’
54-YR-OLD WAS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE MENTAL ILLNESS, SAYS PSYCHIATRIST
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’