Judge Fights Back Tears While Sentencing A Man Who Killed His Wife
A man has been sentenced to at least 27 years in jail for murdering his wife by setting her bedroom on fire in front of their children.
The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was convicted earlier this year of the horrendous murder at the family’s Guildford home in 2016.
The court today heard the 45-year-old decided to kill his wife after he found out she intended to leave him and was seeing another man.
He set their bedroom on fire before locking her in the room while their young son tried to save her.
In handing down his 36-year maximum sentence in the Sydney Supreme Court today, Judge David Davies choked up as he spoke of the trauma faced by the two young boys.
“It was clear to me from seeing the boys give their evidence... that they are very close to each other,” he told the court.
“That may be the one thing which will help to minimise the damage to them from this terrible crime.”
He told the court the man had shown no remorse and continued to deny his crime.
“I find it difficult to see how he can be fully rehabilitated without an acknowledgement of the shocking thing he did to his wife, and the impact that it has, and will continue to have, on his two sons as well as the deceased’s family,” he said.
“The murder of any person is intolerable and unacceptable, but the circumstances of this murder can only be described as confronting, shocking and gruesome to a marked degree.”
He will be eligible for parole in 2043.