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Therapist jailed for knife murder
Christopher Newman
Newman stabbed his then girlfriend 29 times
An alternative therapist has been jailed for life for murdering his young lover in a "frenzied" knife attack.

The case is believed to be the first conviction in England or Wales for a murder in the Republic of Ireland.

Christopher Newman, 63, stabbed his 28-year-old girlfriend, Georgina Eager, in May 2003 after she told him that their affair was over.

Miss Eager, who worked at Newman's therapy clinic in Dublin, was stabbed a total of 29 times.

Police believe she was possibly asleep when the attack began, Inner London Court heard.

Newman, who claimed self-defence and provocation, tried to paint his victim as violent and unfaithful.

'Overwhelming evidence'

Judge Jonathan Van Der Werff told him the jury, of seven men and four women, clearly reached its verdict on "overwhelming evidence".

He said the motive for the killing was "not entirely clear", but added: "Probably you were afraid she was going to leave you.

Georgina Eager
You were I think in love with her and you were jealous of her and you were determined no one else should have her if she was going to leave
Judge Jonathan Van Der Werff

"You were I think in love with her and you were jealous of her and you were determined no one else should have her if she was going to leave.

"The only sentence I can pass on you for this offence is one of life."

Shortly after sentencing, Miss Eager's father, George, read a statement, in which he said: "Georgina was a lovely gentle daughter and sister.

"She was also patient, determined and focused... she loved to have a laugh and live life to the full."

Newman, who fled to London after the murder, was arrested for being drunk and later, after being contacted by the Garda, police also charged him with his young lover's murder.

Miss Eager's family have demanded an immediate explanation as to why the trial was held in London.

They claimed British police informed them that they urged their Irish counterparts to seek the extradition, but the request was refused.

The Department of Justice said the decision to hold the trial in Britain was taken for technical and legal reasons by the two prosecution services in order for the best possible case to be put forward.

During the month-long trial the court heard how Indian-born Newman came to the UK more than 40 years ago and moved to Ireland in the early 1990s.

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