Leicester man jailed for killing wife — (Leicester Mercury)

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Leicester Mercury

By Merc_Reporter

Posted: May 25, 2013

Yacoub Rezai, of Hand Avenue, Braunstone, found guilty of manslaughter of wife Reihana Rezayii

Reihana (23) suffered four knife wounds, including a fatal injury to her abdomen and aorta.

Her body was found in the bathroom of their home in Hand Avenue, Braunstone, on the afternoon of November 13.

During his 12-day trial, Leicester Crown Court was told Rezai (32) was depressed and unable to cope in the two months before his wife’s death, as her attitude towards him dramatically changed.

He believed she was cheating on him.

Five days before the killing, she asked for a divorce.

During a row she hurled insults at him and he went to show her a knife, intending to quieten her – and then lost control, he told the court.

Rezai left her dying on the bathroom floor and took their children, aged two and five, to his wife’s sister in Reading, before handing himself in to the police.

Somayeah Rezayi, Reihana’s sister, said after the hearing: “Everything happened so suddenly. I still can’t believe my sister is dead and her two children are deprived of both their mum and dad because their dad did such a terrible thing.

“If he had just thought of the children, maybe he would never have done what he did.

“My sister will not come back and all I can do is look after her children like my own.

“I think that way Reihana will rest in peace.”

Rezai’s defence counsel, Bobbie Cheema QC, likened the offence to “a crime of passion”.

Sentencing, Judge Michael Pert QC said: “It’s clear on the evidence you had a happy marriage and were a good, placid and kind husband.

“All that changed two months before you killed your wife and I accept the changes in your life caused you great distress and reduced you to a state recognised by doctors in this case as an adjustment disorder.”

He said Rezai’s mental disorder was not found to have substantially diminished his responsibility, but was a mitigating feature when considering sentence.

He said he also had to consider “a human life has been lost”.

Before sentence was passed, Miss Cheema reminded the judge that the consultant psychiatrist, for the defence, said he thought the offence would not have been committed if Rezai had not had the adjustment disorder.

She said Rezai had not seen his children since.

She said: “He understands they are happy and has been sent photographs.”

Rezai, originally from Afghanistan, was said to be anxious to adhere to his homeland culture by working hard to give money to charity in recognition of his wrongdoing.

Miss Cheema said: “One of the things he needs to do is to see his wife’s father and apologise.

“He remains full of remorse.”

Rezai, who looked like a broken man throughout the trial, is on medication for depression.

He and his wife had an arranged marriage in 2005.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Cure, who led the investigation, said: “I hope this result will help Reihana’s family move on with their lives and put the events of last November behind them.”