Husband starting life sentence for killing wife found dead in his cell

Husband starting life sentence for killing wife he wrongly believed was having affair is found dead in his cell

  • Husband murdered wife after becoming convinced she was having an affair
  • He was convicted of murder and jail for life with a minimum 14-year term
  • Two months after his sentencing, he was found dead in his cell in a Liverpool jail 

Killer Paul Jordan has been found dead in his prison cell

A killer husband has been found dead in prison just six weeks after being convicted of murdering his wife.

Paul Jordan, 54, stabbed his wife Betty, 53, with a kitchen knife after wrongly believing she was having an affair.

He was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years when he was sentenced at the end of May.

But he was found dead in his cell by guards at HMP Altcourse, Liverpool at the end of last week.

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

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.’


Jordan was jailed for life in May this year for murdering his wife Betty (left)

Former BT worker Jordan killed his estranged wife after driving to her home in Bangor, North Wales, wrongly believing she was having an affair.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard he stabbed her in the chest as she lay in bed.

The had couple met in their late teens and had lived in Ireland before moving to the Bangor area.


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The defendant had a long-standing drink problem but held down a good job. Their daughter Clare Jordan told the court her late mother was an ‘amazingly caring and loving’ woman and the defendant had been a ‘brilliant’ dad.

Jordan, of Felinheli, North Wales, denied murder but was found guilty after a 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.’  

Staff at HMP Altcouse in Liverpool found Jordan dead in his cell at the end of last week

 

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