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Paul Darren Mulvihill found guilty of former lover Rachelle Yeo's murder

Paul Darren Mulvihill leaves an earlier court appearance.

Paul Darren Mulvihill leaves an earlier court appearance. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Pharmaceutical sales manager Paul Darren Mulvihill has been found guilty of the stabbing murder of his former lover, Rachelle Yeo.

After just two hours of deliberations, a Supreme Court jury found the 46-year-old guilty of the July 2012 crime, in which Ms Yeo, 31, was stabbed twice in her northern beaches apartment.

Mr Mulvihill shook his head repeatedly after the verdict was handed down, while one member of Ms Yeo's family exclaimed 'yes!'.

The parents of murder victim Rachelle Yeo, Kathy and Roger Yeo, leave the Supreme Court.

The parents of murder victim Rachelle Yeo, Kathy and Roger Yeo, leave the Supreme Court. Photo: Paul Bibby

Minutes later, many among the large contingent of the victim's family assembled in the court were in tears.

Outside court Ms Yeo's father, Roger Yeo, fought back tears as he addressed the media.

"Justice has been well served today," Mr Yeo said.

"There are no winners in cases like this. Unfortunately there are a lot of them - over 70 women are killed every year by their partners and ex-partners and our daughter was one of them."

Prosecutor Maria Cinque told the jury during the course of the trial that Mulvihill was motivated by a burning resentment and rage following his former lover's decision to end their affair.

This decision was brought about, in part, by the fact that Mulvihill was married, and that his wife Theresa had just found out about the affair.

The court heard that, the day before the murder, Mulvihill bought a black hooded jumper and a white plastic chain.

He then secretly travelled to Sydney from the Gold Coast. He then lay in wait for his former lover to come home.

''He had gone to her place that evening ... waited outside for her, followed her up the stairs to her unit, without her knowing, followed her inside the unit and then attacked her,'' Crown prosecutor Maria Cinque told the jury.

Mulvihill's barrister, Kate Traill, said Ms Yeo's death was ''a love story that turned to tragedy''.

She said her client, heartbroken about the end of the affair, had simply come to the apartment to talk but suddenly found himself being attacked with a large, stainless steel kitchen knife.

In the ensuing struggle, Traill said, Yeo was accidentally stabbed twice, at which point Mulvihill fled the scene, ditching the knife and his bloodied hoodie and shoes on the way back to his hotel.

But on Monday, the jury rejected this version, taking less than two hours to reach a unanimous guilty verdict.

 

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