An estranged husband who brutally murdered his wife as she slept in a “planned and carefully executed attack” has been jailed for life.
Aubrey Pule Padi must serve a minimum of 23 years for beating and stabbing wife Tamara Padi to death inside her home as one of their two young children slept in the next bedroom.
Padi, 46, “lay in wait” for Mrs Padi to return home – even setting the alarm on his mobile phone so he could sleep and “ensure that your wife would be asleep before you attacked her”, a judge said.
On the night before the murder, Padi punched Mrs Padi in the face before sending her “apologetic and threatening' text messages” – with one ending: "This is the last time you have disrespected me."
Mrs Padi, 43 – described as a “lovely, bubbly, outgoing, professional woman” – worked as a carer and was out on a late-night care visit.
Manchester Crown Court heard she returned home to Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, at 1.30am on 7 July with a work colleague, and both went to sleep.
By then Padi had “concealed himself” in her house after letting himself in armed with knives, a hammer, gloves and a length of cord, the court was told.
At 3.30am, after his alarm went off, he “set about” her with a metal, pull-up exercise bar.
After leaving her in the bedroom, he returned to stab her eight times with one of two kitchen knives he had brought with him.
Mrs Padi was pronounced dead later in hospital after her work colleague found her seriously injured.
The court heard that “mercifully”, their daughter slept through the horror.
The family watched in court as Padi, of Carrfield, Hyde, pleaded guilty to one count of murder.
The couple separated in early 2021 after 14 years of marriage but the relationship was said to have broken down and divorce proceedings were “imminent”.
Richard Pratt QC, prosecuting, said on 6 July, Padi punched Mrs Padi in the face when she wouldn't let him use her mobile phone in her car.
Two weeks earlier, she had caught him going through her voicemails on her phone.
And she had earlier described, in voicemail messages seen by police, his conduct towards her as “creepy”, adding that he was “driving her away”.
The court heard Padi ran away after murdering his wife but rang 999 and confessed to an ambulance control centre call operator, adding that he was going to end his own life.
Sentencing Padi, judge Elizabeth Nicholls told him: ”Like so much violence against women, you tried to place the blame upon the victim, suggesting that she had wronged you and that you were driven to this conduct. Even going so far as to say she 'deserved it'.
"And what type of parental love is it that lies alongside your child while waiting to murder her mother?
"There are no excuses and no fault lies with the victim, Tamara. This offence is entirely your responsibility.
“No woman should have to endure at the hands of a man what Tamara did in her final hours."
According to a Women’s Aid survey in June showed that during the first few months of the pandemic, an increase in demand was reported by 58% of 26 refuge services; 80% of 30 community-based services; 91% of 22 online support services and 81% of 31 telephone support services.
Campaigners say the government needs to do significantly more to protect women and young girls from violence.
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