Gorleston man Barry McCarthy found guilty of murdering his wife …

14:30 10 April 2015

Christine Cunningham 1

Barry McCarthy. Picture: Norfolk Police

Barry McCarthy. Picture: Norfolk Police

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A husband has been convicted of murdering his estranged wife in a frenzied knife attack.

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Barry McCarthy, 51, brutally attacked his wife Lorna, 50, as she lay in bed at the family home in Sussex Road, Gorleston on September 28, 2014.

The court heard how he refused to accept their marriage was over despite finding out she had been using dating websites since their separation, although they continued to live under the same roof. On the night of September 27, Mrs McCarthy was spending the evening with friends when Mr McCarthy contacted her and they had an argument. Mrs McCarthy returned home at around 3am on September 28 and sent a number of text messages to friends and family stating that McCarthy had smashed up her laptop computer.

She also sent a text to her daughter at 4.15am stating: I m out in Norwich tomorrow from midday but if I have not messaged you by then please call the police. I m quite serious as I really don t know what he is capable of these days. Lorna s daughter never received that text.

At around 1.30pm on September 28, McCarthy attended Gorleston police station where he used the public telephone outside the station to call a police operator and stated that he had killed his wife. McCarthy then confirmed to officers at the station that he had killed his wife at 5am because she had been on internet dating sites. McCarthy was arrested on suspicion of murder and police officers attended the address in Sussex Road where they found the body of Lorna McCarthy in the back bedroom.

She had been stabbed a number of times and a post mortem examination later revealed she had died from a stab wound to the heart. McCarthy claimed he did not intend to kill his wife but suffered a loss of control. The jury at Norwich Crown Court took eight hours to convict him of murder.

Judge Anthony Bate said he faced a substantial term of imprisonment but adjourned sentence until May 1. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Durham said: This was a horrific and brutal attack on a woman in her own home by a man she had spent 25 years of her life with. My thoughts go out to Lorna s family and friends and I hope today s verdict will help bring them some comfort as they still try to come to terms with her tragic death.

Mrs McCarthy s daughter Kerrie Oates issued the following statement on behalf of Lorna s family: Lorna was such a bright and beautiful woman who lit up the world for so many people with her brave and bold attitude. We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by what has happened – she was stolen from us too soon and nothing will ever fill the gap that she left in our lives. She was adored by so many, as a devoted mother and grandmother, cherished daughter and sister, and a genuine friend to all.

We are so grateful for the support that has been received from family, friends and colleagues of Lorna, and from the Norfolk Constabulary, during what has been a truly horrific time. We are pleased that justice has prevailed and the murder charge has been upheld. We appreciate the work that the Crown have undertaken in prosecuting Lorna s murderer.

Nothing will bring her back, but we can rest in the knowledge that the law has been rightly exercised to its full extent.

References

  1. ^ Christine Cunningham (www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk)

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