A MAN accused of knifing his estranged wife to death was caught on CCTV outside a pub where she was drinking weeks before her death, a court heard.
George Gallagher, aged 55, was filmed parking a black Ford Fiesta near The Shakespeare Inn in Eastwood, Rotherham, where 41-year-old Julie Gallagher was enjoying a Valentine’s Day celebration last year.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Gallagher spent around two hours outside the pub, leaving at 1am.
The prosecution say Gallagher stalked Julie obsessively before her murder, and subjected her to violent attacks throughout their marriage.
Jurors were also told Gallagher was caught on camera on March 25 in The Mail Coach pub in Rotherham, wearing a check-patterned jacket.
Fibres from the jacket were later found on the pyjamas Julie wore when she died at her home on Foljambe Road, Eastwood.
Gallagher, who denies murder, allegedly held her at knifepoint before stabbing her in the chest with a “single thrust” of a blade.
Nick Clarke QC, prosecuting, said Gallagher was caught on CCTV travelling home on a bus from Doncaster on the night of March 27.
“He’s seen to be answering the phone – the incoming calls relate to the finding of Julie’s body,” he said.
Jurors earlier heard Gallagher sent a text to Julie with two kisses – something he had never done previously.
After Julie’s murder, police also investigated Carl Grayson and Gary Lloyd, both of whom had relationships with her following her split from Gallagher.
The trial continues.