A ‘controlling bully’ who strangled and then stabbed his wife 49 times in front of her young son ‘like a lion kills its prey’ has been jailed for life.
Tanzanian Kema Salum, 39, was ordered to spend at least 23 years behind bars after stabbing 35-year-old Leyla Mtumwa repeatedly in the neck and chest at her home in Haringey, north London, on March 30 this year.
Salum, who had a history of violence against an ex-wife, had arrived in the UK on a six-month visa at the turn of the year having married Ms Mtumwa in east Africa.
On the night of the murder Ms Mtumwa had returned home just before 7am after a night out with friends when Salum fell into a ‘violent rage’ and attempted to strangle her, the Old Bailey heard.
<img id="i-9463082559bb64d3" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2018/10/29/17/5544060-6330113-image-a-9_1540835585467.jpg" height="737" width="634" alt="Ms Mtumwa (above) married Salum in east Africa and he arrived in the UK on a six-month visa at the turn of the year " class="blkBorder img-share"
Ms Mtumwa’s screams were heard by her 12-year-old son who woke up and called 999.
When asked how many times his mother had been stabbed by the operator he replied, ‘a lot.’
Prosecutor Catherine Farrelly said: ‘He has seen this defendant on top of his mother when she was face down on the bed.
‘He had his hands around her neck and was strangling her. He got up, walked out and returned to the room this time carrying a knife.
‘This defendant had then pushed Leyla to the ground and the boy had seen the defendant on the floor, repeatedly stabbing her while she shouted, he’s stabbing me.’
The court heard how on the night of the murder Salum (left) went into the kitchen to get a knife which he used to stab his wife 49 times in the head, neck, body and arms. When police arrived at the Kirkstall Avenue residence Salum answered the door with blood on his hands claiming his wife had injured him
The police arrived at Kirkstall Avenue at around 7am and Salum answered the door with blood on his hands claiming his wife had injured him.
As he was handcuffed Salum told officers: ‘This is my wife and we fight.’
When he was arrested, Salum denied murder and claimed he was acting in self-defence, but he changed his plea at the 11th hour at the Old Bailey.
He pleaded guilty to murdering his wife before trial, saying: ‘After hearing [my son’s] story it makes sense with what happened so I pleaded guilty.’