Church worker 'slit son's throat before suicide bid'

A south London church worker slit his son's throat and then tried to kill himself after accusing his wife of adultery, the Old Bailey has heard.

Wilson Deya, aged three, was found dead on his bedroom floor by his mother in a flat in Lynton Road, south London.

Paul Otieno Deya, 32, who had slit the boy's throat, was himself saved after emergency surgery, a jury heard.

Mr Deya denies murdering Wilson and the attempted murder of his wife Jackline, 29, in November 2009.

He has pleaded guilty to wounding her.

Richard Whittam, QC, prosecuting, said the couple had agreed to separate the previous night.

"Jackline found that Paul Deya was obsessed with her," Mr Whittam said.

"She found him over-bearing and it made her uncomfortable."

Jackline went to her work at the Gilbert Deya Ministries in the Old Kent Road on 23 November.

She returned home after receiving a text from Mr Deya saying: "I wish you all the best", the court heard.

"Looking inside, she saw Wilson lying on the floor," Mr Whittam said.

"Paul Deya was also lying on the floor, bare-chested.

"When he saw his wife, he grabbed a kitchen knife which had been by his side."

'In shock'

She ran out of the flat but was caught by Mr Deya in a stairwell where he allegedly slashed her.

She was found by police "dazed, distant and in shock" in a car park.

Police were called to the flat to find Mr Deya's 20-month-old daughter safe in another room.

A note written by Mr Deya found in the flat accused his wife of adultery and suggested he was going to kill his children and commit suicide, the court heard.

Mr Whittam said the jury would have to decide if Mr Deya was driven by jealousy or whether his responsibility was diminished by mental illness.

The defence has said the charge of murder should be reduced to manslaughter.

The trial continues.

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