STILL CRYING FOR MUMMY; BOURKE GUILTY Victim's brother reveals children's grief as killer dad is jailed.
JEAN Gilbert's three children are still "crying for their mother" after seeing her knifed to death by their father, it emerged yesterday.
The Buddhist mum's family laid bare the youngsters' harrowing ordeal after David Bourke 49, was convicted of murder and jailed for life yesterday.
Emily, 11, Alex, eight, and Harvey, four, have lost both parents after Bourke stabbed Jean, 46, four times with a kitchen knife in a jealous rage.
He decided to kill his wife on August 28, 2007, after she rekindled a 21-year old romance and demanded a divorce.
Her lover - Buddhist musician Bob Campion - did not travel from England to give evidence in the trial or to see his love rival jailed.
Jean's brother Robert struggled to contain his emotion as he told how losing a mother had impacted on the children.
He told the Central Criminal Court: "They have lost their family home where they grew up. Not only did he take the life of their mother, he did it in front of them. The family life has been quashed and all things familiar to their childhood have been taken away.
"They've had to change schools and friends and their lives have been altered beyond recognition and will never be the same again."
He said that for Emily: "There will be no more shopping trips with her mum, no more trips to the coffee shops with mum, no going to the hairdresser with mum.
"She says, 'I'll never forget my mum. She was the best, so nice - I loved you and miss you so much'."
He said Alex told the family: "I really miss my mum. I want my mum, I want to go home to my mum."
He told the court Harvey misses his mum's hot chocolate and watching her make his "special dinner".
Robert added: "The one-to-one special time he had with his mum is gone forever."
He said Jean loved to cook her children's favourite homemade sushi, pizzas and paellas on Saturday nights.
Jean's parents Bobby and Amy and sister Vivienne wept as her brother spoke in the witness box. Robert said: "Jean was a special daughter. Her broken-hearted parents miss her more than ever.
"No parent should have to experience the pain and trauma of losing their child in such tragic circumstances. And we know they'll never come to terms with this.
"Jean was a great sister to myself. She was always the first to call if I was in sickness or in trouble.
"I always admired her for her honesty, down-to-earth nature and wonderful smile and tremendous laugh and I just miss her so much.
"The loving sister relationship my sister Vivienne had is tragically gone. Their wonderful hour-long phonecalls every week are no more. She was her best friend.
And now she has no one to tell her secrets to. They had great fun growing up and she was always jealous of her natural blonde hair. Life for Vivienne will never be the same."
The Gilbert family have cared for the children since the killing and Robert said the stress of coping with the aftermath had left them all "at breaking point".
He told the court Jean's Buddhist faith meant everything to her: "She lived by the Buddhist principles of peace and happiness but sadly she did not die in this way.
"Jean had so much to live for but sadly this was stolen from her. She had so much more to accomplish."
Jean also had a third-level qualification in food science and had developed the first bear-shaped jelly sweet free from artificial colourings or flavourings, the court heard.
The jury of seven men and five women announced the 11-1 majority verdict at 4.15pm after almost eight hours of deliberations that began last Friday afternoon.
Bourke - who had sobbed as he gave evidence during the trial - showed no emotion when the verdict was read out.
His mother Elsie, who had sat on a bench behind her son throughout the trial, wept as she realised her son faced a mandatory life sentence.
David Bourke was handcuffed and driven to Dublin's Mountjoy jail last night.
Sources revealed he will be put on suicide watch and checked every 15 minutes until further notice.
One said: "He looks like a broken man. He would be deemed very high risk."
The trial had heard how Jean and Bourke married in 1995.
He thought they were happy together until his wife suddenly announced she wanted to split in June 2007.
Bourke found steamy letters and emails she had been exchanging with Campion after he contacted her out of the blue a few months earlier.
The final straw for the devastated insurance worker was when Jean brought her lover back to Ireland on August 26 and brought him to the family home.
Bourke texted a pal and told her: "I had to get out of the house or I would have killed her - I was that angry."
He got a kitchen knife and stabbed his wife after she returned from an early - morning sex session with Campion in a Travelodge near the family home two days later.
The court heard harrowing evidence that the couple's daughter begged her father to stop killing her mum.
The girl also gave her mother the kiss of life as she lay dying in the family's sitting room.
Bourke admitted stabbing Jean to gardai but told them: "It was not my intention to kill her - just to cause her pain and suffering as she had caused me to suffer."
She lived by the Buddhist principles of peace and happiness but sadly she did not die in this way
THE LOVER BOB CAMPION DID NOT ATTEND TRIAL; THE VICTIM JEAN WAS KILLLED IN FRONT OF KIDS; THE KILLER BOURKE IS LED AWAY YESTERDAY; LOSS Jean's brother Robert
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 31, 2009|
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