A taxi driver who searched the internet for “the most painful place to stab someone” has been found guilty of murdering his wife.
The Daily Mail reports that Jose Leonardo, 56, killed wife Maria Mbombo, 52, at their home in Belsize Park, west London, on May 18.
Ms Mbombo, a mother of three, died on a bedroom floor after suffering multiple stab wounds, the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor John Price QC told jurors there was no dispute that she was killed by her husband but the defendant claimed it was manslaughter by “loss of control”.
The court heard how Leonardo attacked Ms Mbombo while the pair were alone in the flat on the afternoon of May 18.
Later that night their sons Jacques, 27, and Carl, 23, returned to find the front door locked. Jacques banged on the door and screamed to be let inside, the court heard.
Leonardo left the flat an hour later and walked past his sons, refusing to respond when they asked what had happened.
The brothers ran inside to find their mother on the floor. Shortly before midnight Carl phoned 999 and paramedics arrived to find him trying to resuscitate his mother.
Meanwhile Leonardo had tried to buy a bottle of beer at a nearby convenience store but was refused.
The shopkeeper noticed blood on Leonardo’s jacket. When he asked, “What's that?” Leonardo allegedly replied: “Just call the police”.
Officers arrived to find Leonardo drenched in blood murmuring: “My wife is dead.”
Earlier that afternoon, the defendant’s mobile phone was used to search Google for “can I survive stab in the eye” and “most painful place to stab someone”.
Mr Price told jurors: “For all his statements of grief to the police officers at the hospital, the defendant, who will have been with her in their home whilst she slowly died, did nothing to summon help.”
Leonardo was found guilty of one count of murder following a trial but was cleared of one count of perverting the course of justice.
Leonardo was sentenced to life imprisonment, with his minimum term to be determined.