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Man accused of murdering wife searched internet for ‘most painful place to stab someone’, Old Bailey told

Jose Leonardo admits killing his wife but denies murder

06 November, 2016 — By William McLennan

A MINICAB driver allegedly used the Internet to search for the “most painful place to stab someone” on the day he stabbed his wife to death.

Jose Leonardo, 56, admits killing his wife, Maria Mbombo, at their flat in Maitland Park Villas, Belsize Park, on May 18 this year.

But a jury at the Old Bailey today heard that he denies murder and claims he is guilty of the “lesser offence” of manslaughter because “he was provoked by her to lose his self-control”.

The court heard that the couple had met while living in Holland in 1988 and moved to the UK in 1989. They lived in Chesnut House, off Maitland Park Villas, from 1993 until the day of her death.

John Price QC, for the prosecution, said: “Maria Mbombo died in her home at her husband’s hand. He attacked her and stabbed her many times with a knife. Because of the wounds he inflicted upon her, she bled to death. He was alone with her in their home whilst that happened.

“He does not dispute that he killed her, nor that he did so unlawfully.”

Mr Price told the jury that a phone belonging to the defendant had been used on the day of his wife’s death to access the Internet.

He said: “Two Google search terms had been entered, it was discovered. One read, ‘can I survive stab in the eye?’ The other, ‘most painful place to stab someone’.”

Mr Price added: “We, of course, say, it being his phone, that it was the defendant that did that.”

The trial continues.


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