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Murder accused 'was jealous'.

A LOTTERY winner accused of strangling his wife suffered from long standing delusional jealousy, a psychiatrist told a court.

Michael O'Leary, 54, denies murdering his wife Michelle at the family home in Rokeden, Newton-leWillows on April 6.

Psychiatrist Dr Alison Oxtoby said 24 hours after the alleged murder she was called to St Helens police station to interview O'Leary.

"Based on what he told me I formed the opinion he had a long standing delusional jealousy, " she said.

"He said he had always had suspicions about his wife.

There were no signs of any other mental illness."

Cross-examined at Liverpool crown court by John Benson, defending, Dr Oxtoby said: "During the hour-long interview he said he suspected his wife had been having sexual liaisons with different men during their marriage. There did not seem to be any rational basis for his jealousy."

Earlier, the court heard O'Leary won pounds 400,000 on the national lottery but kept it a closely guarded secret.

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Date:Oct 5, 2001
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