Murder accused enters guilty plea

A 43-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his wife has entered a guilty plea on day one of his trial.

A 43-year-old Dublin man accused of murdering his wife has entered a guilty plea on day one of his trial.

Brian Vickers of Shelmalier Road, East Wall repeatedly stabbed mother of four Joan Vickers in the neck in her bed on April 20 2009.

The court has heard this was a crime of jealousy, and that Brian Vickers snapped in the middle of the night and stabbed his wife as she slept.

Her father Michael O'Connor was asleep downstairs.

The accused told gardaí: "I never wanted to hurt her I just wanted her to love me the way I loved her.

Mr Vickers said he phoned and then met with his brother following the killing, who told him: "I knew you were going to do that… we've two choices we can either drive to the madhouse or go to the police station."

They alerted gardaí who found the mother of four lying on a bed with very heavy bleeding and wounds to her throat. Her left hand was raised above her head touching the broken-off blade of a bread knife.

The court heard Brian and Joan Vickers had been out drinking earlier in the evening and that he had taken cocaine although tests found no trace of the drug in his system

In a victim impact statement the family described the killing as horrific, and said they hoped the sentence would send out a message to the cowards who victimise women.

The 43-year-old entered a guilty plea this morning just before his murder trial was due to start.

Evidence will continue after lunch before the crane driver is given the mandatory life sentence.

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