Jealous husband stabbed wife of 34 years up to 300 times in ‘barbaric’ murder

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A jealous husband stabbed his wife of 34 years up to 300 times when he mutilated her in a "barbaric" killing.

George Leather, 60, used four different knives to inflict around 100 wounds to the face and head of tragic Paula Leather, who sustained injuries so severe she could only be identified by a tattoo and the watch she was wearing.

A court heard that the much-loved nan was unrecognisable when found at the foot of the stairs in the family home in Prescot, Merseyside, the Liverpool Echo reports.

After breaking numerous blades in the attack, callous Leather left his 56-year-old wife for dead and went upstairs for a shower.

He denied Paula's murder and had been due to stand trial but changed his plea to guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

Jailing him for life with a minimum prison term of 18 years, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: "It was an episode of unspeakable and barbaric savagery."

The couple had been together for more than 40 years and had three adult children and one grandchild during their 34-year marriage.

In the early hours of November 16 last year, Leather's brother Peter received a call saying "he had better get round" to the couple's house.

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Prosecutor Gordon Cole QC said the killer's brother and his wife Jayne were concerned about his mental health and he had been accusing Paula of affairs for more than 20 years.

Other witnesses described him as "extremely jealous and possessive", saying he did not want Paula to have contact with friends and family, while he damaged and destroyed property when he lost his temper with her.

There was no evidence to suggest Paula has having or had had an affair.

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Describing the injuries sustained by the victim, Mr Cole said: "The injuries were so severe and extensive, that whilst the defendant indicated it was his wife he had killed, the formal identification process could only be confirmed by the presence of a tattoo that Paula Leather had and also by a watch that she was wearing.

"He said he went into the kitchen and obtained a knife and started stabbing her until the knife broke – he did the same thing with a second knife and a third.

"The defendant said that when he had finished assaulting his wife he was covered in blood, he went and showered, put bloodied clothing in the washing basket and then telephoned his brother."

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Paula's three adult children all read out powerful and moving statements in which they blasted their dad, who they said he had controlled their mum and taken her life in a savage attack.

They paid tribute to her in a statement released shortly after her death, saying: "Our gorgeous mum has sadly been taken away from us in the most tragic of circumstances.

"She was the mum of Jason, Jessica and Matthew and the proudest nanny to her first grandson.

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"She was a beautiful soul within her community with a smile to light up the world. Mum will be missed beyond words but the life, the love and the memories we shared together will live on forever."

Julian Nutter, defending, said Leather had no previous convictions and spared his family the ordeal of a trail by pleading guilty.

He accepted that three psychiatric reports had found no evidence of anything to support a defence of diminished responsibility.

Mr Nutter said it appeared Leather lost his temper "arising from the belief that his wife was having an affair" and was drunk at the time.

The judge also made an indefinite restraining order preventing Leather from contacting his children, Paula's sister, his brother and his wife.

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