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JEALOUS KNIFE KILLER JAILED FOR LIFE; Death trial 1 Beast guilty of stabbing ex's new lover to death in bed.

Byline: BY BRONAGH MURPHY

A JILTED man who knifed his ex-girlfriend's new lover to death was jailed for life yesterday.

Alex Freiberg, 30, had denied murdering Kieran Cambridge but the jury found him guilty after two days of deliberations.

Mr Cambridge, 45, was fatally stabbed last year as he lay in bed at his girlfriend's home.

The victim's son Robert Cambridge gave victim impact evidence following the verdict in which he described his father as his best friend.

He said his dad had always been there for his family and would have done anything for his children.

Robert added he was distraught and did not know what he would say to his younger siblings who had lost their father.

Killer Freiberg was unhappy about his ex Catherine Shanahan's new relationship with Mr Cambridge and he went to her Co Tipperary home armed with two knives.

He had sent a number of threatening text messages to her that day saying, "this will be a night from hell".

Ms Shanahan, Mr Cambridge and another friend had been drinking in her house in Carrigeen Close, Clonmel, until Mr Cambridge went to bed and Ms Shanahan drove her friend home in the early hours of September 16. When she arrived home Freiberg came in the back door armed.

He held one knife to her throat and threatened her before going upstairs.

Mr Cambridge suffered two serious stab wounds and a number of other cuts.

One wound to the side of his chest penetrated his lungs and killed him.

Ms Shanahan raised the alarm with her neighbours but the victim was dead by the time an ambulance arrived.

The jury heard the knives were never found and there was no forensic evidence linking Freiberg, of Bridgewater House, Clonmel, to the scene.

Ms Shanahan told gardai at the scene that Freiberg was the attacker and he was arrested at a friend's house just hours after the murder.

Gardai found he had showered and washed his clothes, including his runners, at the friends house in the early hours.

The jury also heard that a taxi had dropped Freiberg to Ms Shanahan's estate in the early hours and that his friend had picked him up some time later.

During the trial, the defence called Louise Maguire, the girlfriend of Freiberg's best friend and occupier of the house he was arrested in.

She said Ms Shanahan had told her that she was not sure who had entered her house on the night of Mr Cambridge's death. The defence said that the case rested entirely on one witness who was unreliable and a liar.

Freiberg had been in a relationship with Ms Shanahan from April 2004 until June 2007.

The jury had heard Ms Shanahan had substance abuse problems and met Mr Cambridge when she attended a six-week rehabilitation course and they began a relationship.

Jurors also heard how Ms Shanahan had made regular prison visits to Freiberg since his arrest for the murder. She told the court that she had been "looking for answers".

The jury returned a majority verdict of 10 to two and Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy imposed the mandatory life sentence.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 18, 2008
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