By Michael DevenportPublished 02 February 2016 12:38:56A man was sentenced to two years in prison for killing his wife and then stabbing her repeatedly in the head and face with a pair of scissors, a court in Berkshire said Wednesday.
The 27-year-old, from the Berkshire town of Croydon, stabbed his wife, 24, in the face on July 19 in her home.
She died from her injuries in the early hours of July 21.
The attack was sparked by a dispute over the husband’s drug habit and he threatened to kill his daughter and then his wife.
He had reportedly broken up with her in 2015.
The defendant told police he wanted to kill himself because of the financial strain he was facing, according to the court.
His wife died at the scene.
Berkshire Crown Court heard that the defendant’s son, who was also a witness, said the attacker “had an argument with his father” over the drug problem.
“There was a struggle and it escalated and I can say that the knife was used to stab her in both the face and the back of the head,” said defense barrister Michael Harker.
“The defendant said he stabbed her in order to end the dispute,” he added.
“He said that his father told him that the knives were used as weapons.”
The defendant pleaded guilty to murder and manslaughter.
He was given a suspended prison sentence, with a non-parole period of one year, to be served in prison.
His family, who had been in court, were in tears.
“It’s hard to express how upset we are.
My family are absolutely devastated.
This is a horrendous tragedy,” his father, Stephen, told the BBC.
Police are still investigating whether the knife used in the attack was a real weapon.