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Man murders ex-wife after he discovered she was using dating sites

A Gorleston man has been found guilty of murdering his former wife after he discovered she had been using dating websites.

Lorna McCarthy, aged 50, was stabbed to death by 51-year-old Barry McCarthy in the home they still shared on Sussex Road on Sunday 28 September 2014.

The couple had separated in May 2014 after Lorna ended their relationship; however, they continued to live together and slept in separate bedrooms.

Following their separation, McCarthy discovered that Lorna had been using dating websites. He confronted her about it and Lorna agreed that she would close them down.

On the night of Saturday 27 September, Lorna was spending the evening with friends when McCarthy contacted her and they had an argument. Lorna returned home at around 3.00am on Sunday 28 September 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 Sunday 28 September,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 pleaded not guilty to murder at a previous hearing and subsequently put forward a defence of ‘loss of control’. However, a jury at Norwich Crown Court today found him guilty of murder following a eight day trial.

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.”

McCarthy has been given a provisional date to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on  Friday 1 May 2015.

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