A man has gone on trial accused of murdering his wife in Dublin.
Alan Ward is also accused of threatening to kill one of their three sons in the family home at Greenfort Drive, Clondalkin on March 1st 2019.
Alan and Catherine Ward were 23 years married at the time of her death.
Opening his case today, the prosecuting barrister, Bernard Condon, said their marriage was marked by arguments and disputes.
They were at home on the night of February 28th 2019. So too were their three boys, who were 22, 20 and 14 at the time.
Mr Condon told the jurors it will be alleged that Mr Ward went upstairs with a knife.
Some time later, he said one of their sons then went into his parents’ bedroom where he saw his mother lying on the ground.
He said a post-mortem showed she had multiple stab wounds, the most serious of which was to the front of her neck.
Mr Ward is also accused of trying to stab and threatening to kill his son Adam.
He denies all charges.