A husband who murdered his wife after he thought she was having affairs has been convicted today (July 10).

Richard Nyawanda Otunga, 37, of Taywood Road, Northolt, stabbed Shamim Gabriel on December 29 at their home.

 

Otunga was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday (July 14).

Police were called at about 7am on December 29 to Taywood Road, following reports of an injured woman.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and 33-year-old Shamim Gabriel was pronounced dead at the scene 25 minutes later.

The couple had been married since 2003 and had an eight-year-old daughter.

Otunga was arrested at the scene after he called his father-in-law to the house saying he had had an argument with his wife.

The 37-year-old claimed his wife tried to attack him with a knife which he took off her and in the course of the struggle she was stabbed over 30 times.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones of the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) said: “Richard Otunga was a jealous controlling man who could not accept his wife having any contact with other men.

“Otunga tried to convince the jury that he had feared an immediate threat of violence from his wife and then lost control. The jury clearly did not accept this and have returned a verdict of murder.

“He tried to state that his wife had been having affairs but there was no evidence whatsoever to substantiate this.

“The family of Shamim who have had to give evidence at court have acted with great dignity and I hope that this conviction can be some comfort for them.”