by ‘Jola Sotubo
A man in the Manchester area of the United Kingdom has been sentenced to spend 12 years in prison after stabbing his wife.
38-year-old Oluwabusayo Abegunde stabbed his wife and mother of his two kids, Esther after discovering that she was cheating on him.
Abegunde had gone through his wife’s BlackBerry and found messages and photos pointing to another man days after she had told him their marriage was over.
According to reports:
He launched the savage knife attack just two days after Valentine’s Day as wife Esther Abegunde, 33, lay asleep. She had earlier told him their marriage was over and moved into the spare room.
Businessman Abegunde repeatedly stabbed her with a large kitchen knife while their two sons, aged eight and four, were downstairs in the family home on Hollybank, Droylsden.
The wounds punctured his wife’s left lung, partially severed a tendon in her right wrist and left her with other wounds to her chest and arm.
As she began to bleed to death Abegunde only agreed to call an ambulance after making her promise she would tell police and doctors she had inflicted the wounds on herself.
He also offered to kill himself – but only made a small cut in his own chest with the knife before emergency services arrived.
His wife was rushed to hospital where she survived – and a few days later told police the truth following the attack on February 16 last year. Abegunde, said to have been a respected member of Manchester’s Nigerian community, was found not guilty of attempted murder at an earlier trial.
But the jury found him guilty of grevious bodily harm – and he has now been jailed for 12 years at Manchester Crown Square. The court heard Abegunde, who makes a living running businesses in Nigeria, had been left ‘humiliated’ by his wife of ten years’ infidelity and sought revenge when she told him the marriage was over.
Sentencing, judge Honourable Mr Justice Kenneth Parker told Abegunde: “An attack on this nature upon a young woman and mother would cause psychological harm in the short and possible longer term. “She probably thought at one point that the children were going to be left as orphans causing further anguish.
“You paid no heed to the fact your children could have been confronted with the truly horrific sight of a grievously injured mother. “The risk was obvious that she could die but you carried on and are fortunate indeed that she did not die and you are not facing a charge of murder.”