Ex-wife brands knife-killer “deluded maniac”

VICIOUS KNIFE-killer Christopher Newman was last night branded a “deluded and violent maniac” by the ex-wife who dumped him years before he stabbed lover Georgina Eager to death.

Speaking for the first time since the 63-year-old self-styled “professor” was charged with the stunning 28-year-old’s brutal murder in May 2003, Moufida Louhichi wept with joy when she heard he had been sentenced to life.

Such is her hatred for the father of her two teenage sons that she wishes he’d received the death penalty instead.

She said: “He should have been given death for what he did. A life sentence in prison is far too good.”

And months before he killed Georgina, he even tried to get back with Louhichi.

A neighbour has revealed how deluded Newman – who married Louhichi in Tunisia in 1985 – flew over to London to woo her.

The neighbour said: “He was constantly trying to get back with her.

“He told her about Georgina and his relationship but said it didn’t matter to him and that he wanted to start all over again.

“Typically, this happened round about the time his relationship with Georgina started to run into problems..

“He used the fact that Moufida has his children as some kind of emotional leverage.

“But she stuck to her guns – not for herself but for the sake of her children first and foremost.

“This may be wrong but as far as I know, she refused to see him any time he turned up and I think he turned up at least twice.

“You’d see him pressing the buzzer on the intercom at the entrance to her flats and talking into it, pleading with her to be let in.

“She’d either tell him herself or get a woman she has staying with her to go away.

“The prospect of him having anything to do with their upbringing genuinely horrified her.”

The jury in his trial heard how Newman turned up at Louhichi’s Islington home in north London just hours after fleeing Dublin the day he knifed Georgina more than 29 times during a row Newman – who was effectively branded a murdering liar by the judge in his trail – claimed she started.

At Tunisian-born Louhichi’s fourth floor mansion block flat, Newman – who was born Panna Lal Palta in 1942 – wrote out his will after barging in on the pretext of seeing the 19 and 15-year-old sons he fathered with her.

He begged to be allowed into the flat, saying he had something very important to say that would affect their lives.

After the visit, he hailed a taxi on the busy street outside and ordered the driver to take him to Westminster Bridge from where – he claimed later in court – he intended to jump to his death.

Instead – after having drunk two bottles of champagne he’d bought at the Sainsbury’s near Louhichi’s home – he ended up being too drunk to even get out of the taxi by himself.

Louhichi later revealed – in a written statement to the court – of his sudden appearance at her home: “I was in total disbelief that it should be Palta.

“He looked old and frail and was talking about suicide. He said his end was tomorrow and we’d read about it in the paper.

“I got him a pen and paper. He began to write out his will. He never once told me what he’d done.”

She then asked him to leave as he tried to push cash into one of his son’s hands.

She said: “My son threw the money back at him. He threw it out of the taxi. My son picked the money up and gave it to me.”

Last night, Louhichi – clearly still traumatised by her brief marriage to Newman – fought back tears as she said: “My heart really goes out to Georgina’s family.

“I am so very, very sorry for what they have had to go through and for what they will probably never, ever get over.

“I cannot say it enough times how sorry I am that she ever had anything to do with that man.

“I knew very little about her – where she lived, who her parents were or any of her friends.

“If I had, I would have called them and warned them about him but I had no way of knowing how to get in touch with them or even really believing if in fact Georgina even existed.

“The fact that I too fell for him all those years ago is the biggest single mistake I have ever made in my life and it is something that I will always regret.

“I put up with him to save my marriage and to protect my children.

“I heard it said in court that he was a man of good character but although I really don’t want to go into all the details, I can never ever agree with that description of the man I married.

“He is a lunatic.”

And as she said that, she tapped a finger to the side of her head, repeating again: “A lunatic.”

When told of his conviction, she asked: “What did he get?”

On hearing it is a life sentence and that the judge suggested he may never leave prison alive, she started to cry and said: “Good, yes. But the man should have got death.

“He deserves to die.”

And she revealed that Newman’s bogus philosophy about life – which he dubbed “factology” – was a regular feature in their marriage which ended when she divorced him shortly after her second son’s birth in 1990.

One of the few times he ever broke down in tears during his trial for Georgina’s brutal murder wasn’t while describing how he brutally stabbed her to death in the flat they lived in next door to the health clinic he ran in Walkinstown.

Instead, it was his fear that people would never understand his warped take on life – what he dubbed “factology”..

This effectively amounted to a rejection of accepted and “traditional” medicinal practice in place of his belief that treatment of sick people should be based on HIS own interpretation of the facts about their health.

Louhichi said: “At first, like Georgina may well have been, I was taken in by him because he had so much passion and he could be very charming.

“But I realised too late that he was in reality very far from being the sort of person he wanted people to think he was.

“I don’t doubt that as he has probably conned anyone he has ever met, he will do the same to the criminals he spends the rest of his days with.”

Louhichi refused to discuss claims by a family friend that he was violent towards her.

She said: “I did not take him to the police for the sake of my marriage and for the sake of my children.

“I cannot talk about what happened in my marriage. It is a closed book.

“When I divorced him, I turned a page in my life I have never since wanted to turn back to.

“He is dead to me. Gone, gone gone. It is all in the past and I do not like to even mention his name after this.

“I want to be left alone to get on with the rest of my life, although the damage he caused will always be there.”

But the family friend – who only spoke on condition they would not be named – said: “I know Moufida reported him to social services and tried to get more help from them to deal with the situation than they were able to give.

“But in the end, she thought it best not to make a scene or go to the police for the sake of her children.

“She did what she could to absorb his delusions and protect them from the reality that their father was a dangerous and violent fool.

“He used to beat her up during arguments.

“He was a ferocious bully and a Jekyll and Hyde character who could be charming one minute and then turn into this raging monster the next.

“She used to just take it until she finally could not put up with it anymore.

“She felt a lot of shame about it all but in the end, she thought it was better to admit she had make a mistake than live a lie.

“She understands more than anybody else what Georgina must have gone through.”