CALLOUS killer Alfredo Merigo has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering his estranged wife.
Describing the fatal stabbing of social worker Linda Merigo outside her home on Clematis Close, Driffield, on September 1 last year as a “cold, calculated and callous killing” Judge Roger Keen QC ordered Merigo to serve a minimum jail term of 28 years.
Judge Keen told Merigo that because of a number of aggravating factors in the case - including the fact that the stabbing took place in front of their two year old son - the minimum term had been increased from 25 years to 28.
But Judge Keen deducted one year to take into account the time Merigo had already served in prison while on remand.
Passing sentence Judge Keen said: “You are a jealous, possessive, controlling, and manipulative man and your victim fell foul of that.”
“You have demonstrated no regret, no remorse and no compassion. You committed this offence in a public place in the presence of a child and the way it was, in my judgement calls for a sentence that will ensure you will remain in custody for a very long time,” he added.
The jury of four women and eight men took an hour and half to deliberate their unanimous verdict following the two week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
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