Monday 23 December 2013

Man Given Life Sentence For Murdering Wife In Enfield

A man who murdered his wife in a fit of rage and jealousy at their Enfield home has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 17 years.

Minta Adiddo has been jailed for life

Minta Adiddo, 38, of Morris Court, Rigby Place, Enfield was found guilty at the Old Bailey on 13th December 2013, of fatally stabbing Akua Agyeman in November 2012. She later died from horrific injuries on 2nd January 2013.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey on 16th December 2013.

At previous court hearings Adiddo had admitted to manslaughter but denied murdering her.

His conviction followed a successful investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

The court heard that in October 2012 Adiddo harboured a belief that his wife was conducting an illicit affair with a neighbour. His belief, which was denied by the neighbour, led to Adiddo attacking Mrs Agyeman in their bedroom on 5th November 2012. He initially stabbed her with a large kitchen knife.

Mrs Agyeman fled the bedroom and attempted to escape through their living room window. Addido pursued her and witnesses described how they saw him chasing the 22-year-old across a road and continue to stab her as she lay collapsed on the ground.

As witnesses called emergency services one passer-by, who had been tending to Mrs Agyeman, told the court how he then realised a car was driving straight at them. He managed to avoid the vehicle but watched as Adiddo drove over his wife before fleeing the scene.

The jury were told about how following the attack, in one of the first phone calls Adiddo made, to a relative, he admitted stabbing his wife and that he was going to kill himself before arrest.

Shortly before 10:00hrs on 6th November 2012 Adiddo was arrested after officers spotted him in the vehicle still wearing his blood-stained shirt.

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