Diasporian News of Tuesday, 17 December 2013
A man who sent his dying wife a Christmas card begging her to forgive him after stabbing her 15 times and running her over has been jailed for 17 years.
Minta Adiddo, 38, blamed Satan, writing: "Please, please, please, I need forgiveness from you.”
The Old Bailey heard he attacked Akua Agyeman, 32, over flirty texts sent to a neighbour as she slept with their baby daughter.
She escaped through a window but he jumped in his car and ran her over last November 6.
Convicting Adiddo, of Enfield, North London, of murder, the judge told him: “I accept this was not a planned killing but was done out of frustration and temper and in my view was cowardly and selfish.
"You intended to kill her and you must take responsibility for you actions. This was a shocking waste of a vibrant life and loss of a mother which will be long felt.
"The family describe your wife as a loving sister, caring of her children and of her extended family in Ghana.
"She provided assistance to her father and others - they feel betrayed by your actions and it is apparent your daughter is badly affected.
"Ms Aygeman played an active part in the family and they are still struggling with their loss that she will be gone forever but she will not be forgotten.
"These were terrible acts - you continued to cause further injuries with a knife and used your vehicle, leading to inevitable and major damage.
"In effect these were three separate and determined attacks.
"It was witnessed by your elder daughter who it appears attempted to stop you."
Ms Agyeman was taken to The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, east London, for treatment but died of multiple organ failure and multiple injuries nearly two months later on January 3.