The men who killed their wives

There were 38 cases of men who killed their wives since the 1800s and five since 1999, according to crime historian Eddie Attard.

When she fell down an elevator shaft he left her to die a slow, painful death

Four of the men were jailed for life, one was given the death penalty and the others jailed for between four and 31 years.

The four-year jail term was handed down to Grazio Gerada who stabbed his wife, Diane, 23 times on September 8, 1993. The court found that he had acted under provocation.

Four of the men committed suicide after killing their wives, Mr Attard said.

The five most recent cases of uxoricide included the case of Ukrainian Sergii Nykytiuk who was jailed for 25 years for the murder of his wife Liudmila on November 8, 2009.

He chased her up the stairs of the block of apartments where they lived and when she fell down an elevator shaft he left her to die a slow, painful death.

Roger Agius was jailed for 31 years for the murder of his wife Catherine on July 13, 2009.

Anthony Schembri was charged with murdering his wife, Doris, when he stabbed her as she lay in bed at St Luke’s Hospital on September, 29, 2005. His case is still pending.

On July 7, 2002, Julias Tanti first stabbed his wife Pauline and then he committed suicide.

Ronnie Vella was jailed for 30 years for the murder of his wife Jane when he pushed her off a cliff at Tas-Sanap, Gozo, in December 1999. The body was never found.


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