BT worker who killed wife in her bed found dead in his cell

A jealous husband found guilty of murdering his wife has been found dead in prison just six weeks after his conviction.

Paul Jordan, 54, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail with a minimum of 14 years in May.

The BT worker stabbed estranged wife Betty, 53, with a kitchen knife in her home in Bangor, North Wales on July 13 last year after wrongly believing she was having an affair.

He was found dead in his cell by guards on July 6 the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.

During his trial on May 21 Caernarfon Crown Court heard the couple, who were separated, had enjoyed a day out at Chester Races together just two days before Mrs Jordan was murdered, the Daily Post reports .

The jury heard evidence Jordan intended to kill his estranged wife and possibly himself when he went to Mrs Jordan’s house days later, collected a knife from her kitchen and went upstairs to her room.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard he stabbed her in the chest as she lay in bed. She was later pronounced dead in hospital.

A pathologist told the court she died of a single stab wound, delivered with “moderate force” to the upper chest which penetrated the left lung and the heart.

He had admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility but was convicted by the jury after a six-day trial.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told him: "There was a significant degree of premeditation on your part, the attack was planned. You left home intending to attack your wife."

The couple were originally from Ireland, but settled in Bangor in 1983 and had two children.

Police said there was no evidence Mr Jordan had been having an affair.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "HMP Altcourse, Liverpool, prisoner Paul Martin Jordan died in custody on 6 July."

"As with all deaths in custody there will be an independent investigation by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."

No cause of death has yet been given and an inquest will open in the coming days.

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