The trial of a man accused of murdering his wife at their home in Sligo has heard she had defensive wounds on her arm, and died from manual strangulation.

Rafal Karaczyn of Crozon Park, Sligo has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter, but denies murdering his wife between April 29th and May 1st 2018.

In the Garda interviews presented to the jurors so far, Rafal Karaczyn repeatedly denied killing his wife Natalia. He told them she was the mother of his children, and he loved her.

He said they were on a "break" at the time, and while he was aware she was cheating on him, he claimed he had accepted it and wanted to move on.

He claimed he saw her lying on her bed with her clothes still on one morning, and removed her from the house when he realised she was dead because he feared he'd get the blame.

He brought GardaĆ­ to the spot where he left her body.

A post-mortem revealed she died from asphyxia due to the application of external pressure to her neck.

GardaĆ­ put it to Mr. Karaczyn that he killed her because he was angry and jealous. He denied that was the case, and told them to look out for a 6ft man with red hair and a beard, whom he claimed put a gun to his head a few weeks beforehand and told him Natalia had "messed with the wrong woman"

The case continues.

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