March 19 2011

– A man cut his former partner’s throat and then killed himself with the same knife after she walked out on their 20-year relationship to live with a man with whom she had been having an affair, an inquest heard.

Paul Green killed Claire White with an 8in kitchen knife in a ‘sustained attack’ when she came to pick up her belongings after moving out of the village home they shared for 16 years in Aylesbeare, Devon.

The couple’s deaths last April sent shock waves through the quiet village where the couple were said to have ‘kept to themselves’.

Horrific attack: Claire White was stabbed to death in this house in Aylesbeare, Devon, which she had previously shared with Paul Green

Horrific attack: Claire White was stabbed to death in this house in Aylesbeare, Devon, which she had previously shared with Paul Green

Ms White, who was involved in training for Morrisons supermarkets around Exeter, had left Mr Green prior to the tragedy and started a new relationship.

She had been staying away from Mr Green’s property for several weeks but returned to the house on the day of her death on Monday, April 19.

The families of both Ms White and Mr Green were questioned extensively by detectives about the circumstances surrounding the pair’s deaths.

The 51-year-old engineer, who the hearing was told was a heavy drinker who had verbally abused Ms White, 48, during their relationship, took an eight inch bladed kitchen knife from a block and used it to stab her in the neck and chest five times.

She also had multiple cuts to her hands and arms where she had tried to defend herself from 51-year-old Green.

Green then stabbed himself several times in the abdomen and died still holding the weapon in his hand.

When police arrived at the house in Aylesbeare, Devon they found their bodies together in a pool of blood in the bathroom. A kitchen knife was still in his hand.

The hearing in Exeter was told that Ms White, for whom Green had left his first wife in 1989, had moved into a flat in the city with a married work colleague, Keith Bailey.

Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland ruled that Claire White was unlawfully killed and that Green took his own life.

Ms White’s new boyfriend, Keith Bailey, said in a statement to the inquest that they had met through work, began an affair and had moved in together in Exeter just 10 days before the killing .

Neighbour Roger Gooch said father of one Green was ‘a couch potato’ figure who rarely socialised.

Rochdale born Green was a marine engineer employed by Babcocks and worked at MOD sites in Taunton, Somerset, including the Marine base at Manor Norton camp and the Hydrographic office in the town.

Crime scene investigator John Blake said Claire’s full suitcases were by the door and on the dining room table were legal and financial documents connected with their split.

‘It cleartly indicated a very tragic domestically based murder and suicide,’ he said.

Greater Devon coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland recorded verdicts that Claire was unlawfully killed by Green who then killed himself during a domestic argument.


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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