Northern Ireland

Portadown man Christopher Harper guilty of wife's murder

The body was discovered at a house in the Manor area of Portadown
Image caption The body of Suzanne Harper was discovered at a house in the Manor area of Portadown

A County Armagh man has been found guilty of murdering his wife.

Christopher Harper, 45, of Abercorn Park, Portadown, had admitted killing his wife Suzanne in the town in August 2010, but denied it was murder.

The 40-year-old died from a single stab wound to the neck at the couple's home in the Manor area.

Craigavon Crown Court was previously told that on the day of her death Mrs Harper had told her husband she was leaving him.

Harper's defence had argued that he was a broken man who had snapped over his wife's extra-marital affairs and had then been filled with guilt and remorse.

However, the jury believed the prosecution case that Harper had intended to kill his wife

The prosecution said he had been driven by jealousy and his inadequacies as a person to kill her in an act of murder.

After the killing Harper walked into Lurgan police station and, sobbing, said "I've done something bad".

The judge said the only sentence open to him was life, but he asked for pre-sentence reports to help him decide on a minimum tariff.

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