A man has admitted stabbing his wife to death with a combat-style knife at their family home in Birmingham.
Parvez Akthar returned to the address in Washwood Heath on the afternoon of October 15 last year following a gambling and alcohol binge.
Mother-of-five Shaeen Akthar confronted her husband over his behaviour and asked him to leave − but without warning the 46-year-old pulled a knife from his trousers and stabbed her in the chest.
Police and paramedics arrived to find other family members frantically performing CPR but the 49-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Details of Akhtar’s red Ford Focus were passed across police airwaves and officers spotted him behind the wheel around 15 minutes later in Cotterills Lane.
He was arrested in the street and a forensic examination of his clothing and shoes revealed droplets of blood that returned a DNA match to his wife.
Unemployed Akhtar initially denied intending to kill his partner but yesterday (March 1) at Birmingham Crown Court he admitted murder and was jailed for life. He will serve a minimum of 20 years before he is considered for release.
Detective Inspector Paul Joyce from West Midlands Police’s Homicide Team, said: “Mrs Akhtar confronted her husband when he returned home at around 4pm having been out all night drinking.
“An argument erupted and he refused to leave. Without warning, and in front of his children, he stabbed Mrs Akhtar in the left side of her chest.
“He drove off but was caught within a matter of minutes and will now spend a very long time behind bars for this horrendous attack.
“We later learned that Akhtar routinely carried the combat knife around for his own protection − and this is again another stark warning of the catastrophic consequences of carrying knives in public.
“If anyone suspects someone of carrying a knife − sometimes in the misguided belief it’s for their own protection − I would urge them to call us or Crimestoppers anonymously so we can take action and protect the public."
A tribute issued on behalf of the family read: “Our amazing, caring, beloved mother passed away on the 15th October 2017.
“We hope she is in a better place, looking down on us and nodding her head in approval. We want to tell her and the world, she will always be in our hearts."
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or people can pass information on knife crime directly to West Midlands Police by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.