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Man jailed for life for murdering wife

Mark Arthur has been jailed for life for murdering his wife.
Mark Arthur has been jailed for life for murdering his wife. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man who killed his wife after discovering she was having an affair has been jailed for life.

Heather Arthur was found dead in the couple's home in Gosforth in April last year.

Mark Arthur was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court this morning.

The 50-year-old will serve a minimum of 18 years.

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Man guilty of wife's murder after discovering affair

A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife after discovering she was having an affair.

Mark Arthur stabbed Heather at their family home in the Gosforth area of Newcastle. She had told her husband she wanted to end their 30-year relationship.

Tonight, police said they welcomed the verdict.

Arthur will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday) at Newcastle Crown Court.

Police respond to guilty verdict

The detective who led the investigation into Heather Arthur's murder has released the following statement:

"Heather Arthur was killed by her husband in a violent attack at the family home. Mark Arthur initially told police it had been a tragic accident, however, in court he admitted unlawfully killing his wife by stabbing her, saying he had lost control.

It's impossible to put into words how tragic this has been for Heather, her family and her friends and it has been made all the more traumatic by having to endure a full trial at court.

... I welcome the verdict reached by the jury that he was guilty of murder and as a result he will spend a number of years in prison."

– Det Ch Insp Ged Noble, Northumbria Police

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Jury considers verdict in Mark Arthur trial

The jury has begun considering its verdict in the trial of Mark Arthur, who is accused of murdering his wife.

Heather Arthur was found dead at their home in the Gosforth area of Newcastle last April.

In the case at Newcastle Crown Court, 50-year-old Mark Arthur denies murder but admits his wife's manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control.

Man admits manslaughter of dead wife

The trial of Mark Arthur trial has heard how he head butted a car - leaving dents - as he reacted to the breakdown of his relationship with his wife Heather in the days before killing her at their Gosforth home.

The jury was told how her lover told her to make sure she "went somewhere public" on a planned day out with Arthur as he was concerned for her safety.

Arthur denies murder but admits manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control.

The hearing continues.

Woman said husband would "go mad about the truth" of affair

A court's heard details of the last texts Heather Arthur sent to her lover just hours before her husband stabbed her to death at their home in Gosforth last April.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court was told the 51 year old had decided to leave her husband and had started a relationship with jazz saxophonist Paul Gowland who they had met through a shared interest in music.

In the days leading up to her death the court heard she had sent the musician texts discussing her fears about leaving Mark Arthur.

She had written:

"I think he will go mad about the truth.

Not looking forward to this at all. Shaking with fear just thinking about it."

In another message she later told Mr Gowland: "I will stand firm. I love you."

Then in the very early hours of the day she was killed she sent another text to Mr Gowland saying:

"I am awake. We have talked about split and he is now not under any illusion.

Can't wait to see you H."

At just after 9am she sent a last romantic message to Mr Gowland from her phone:

"Sleep perchance to dream. Will text you later. Love H"

Later that day she was found stabbed to death at the home she shared with Mark Arthur in Woodbine Road in Gosforth.

The 50 year old denies murdering his wife but admits killing her on the grounds of loss of control.

The hearing continues.

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