Banker sentenced for life after killing wife in axe and knife attack


A banker who attacked his wife with an axe and knife more than 120 times after she asked for a divorce has been sentenced to life in prison.

BBC News reports that Sonita Nijhawan, 38, was found dead at her home in Crossfield Place in Weybridge, Surrey, on 21 May.

Her husband Sanjay Nijhawan, 46, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at Guildford Crown Court.

Judge Robert Fraser said he would serve at least nine years in prison.

During the trial, the court heard Nijhawan, a former banker, had been diagnosed with depression after his wife told him she wanted a divorce.

Sanjay Nijhawan jailed for killing wife Sonita in Weybridge

The Daily Mail reports that the court heard that the banker had quit his highly-paid job as an investment banker at Barclays in the City of London.

The judge told Nijhawan he posed a 'significant' danger to the public and future partners.

He added: 'While your culpability is reduced the remaining circumstances are unchanged given the seriousness - significant culpability remains despite you suffering an abnormality of the mind.'

'Depressed' Barclays banker who stabbed his wife 124 times at their £2million mansion after she said she wanted a divorce is jailed for life for manslaughter



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