A 35-year-old man who stabbed his wife 14 times during a “murderous rage” before stopping to smoke a cigarette has been found guilty of murder.
- Shahab Ahmed showed no emotion in court as the judgement was read out
- The judge rejected his manslaughter plea and argued he intended to kill his wife when he stabbed her
- He will be sentenced at a later date
Shahab Ahmed faced a judge-alone trial after he pleaded not guilty to the murder of his wife Khondar Faihi Elahi, 29, in their Parramatta unit in February 2017.
He argued that he had an abnormality of the mind when he killed her and he was upset she was having an affair with his colleague.
During his trial the court heard he stabbed his wife after finding text messages with sexual content on her mobile phone and dragged her around the house.
Justice Monika Schmidt told the court Ahmed gave police “a chilling description of all he had done” and described the stabbing as a “murderous rage”.
Justice Schmidt described how Ahmed smoked a cigarette then called triple-0 after stabbing his wife — but first made sure she had stopped breathing.
Wearing a suit Ahmed sat quietly in the dock staring at his lawyer as the judgement was read out.
He stood trial because prosecutors refused to accept his guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter.
Justice Schmidt said although Ahmed had at times suffered a depressive illness, he deliberately stabbed his wife and intended to kill her.
During his trial prosecutors argued Ahmed searched on the internet for ways to punish his wife for infidelity according to Islam.
The court previously heard the couple was married for five years and his wife had called police on one occasion because of concern about Ahmed’s state of mind.
They also attended marriage counselling together.
He will be sentenced at a later date.