Man who killed wife in a jealous rage convicted

A husband who killed his wife in a jealous rage after suspecting she was having affairs with other men has been convicted of murder.

Richard Nyawanda Otunga claimed that his wife had been having affairs but there was no evidence whatsoever to substantiate this

Richard Nyawanda Otunga, 37, of Taywood Road, Northolt, stabbed Shamim Gabriel, 33, on 29th December at their home.

Otunga was found guilty on 10th July 2014, at the Old Bailey of murder and will be sentenced on 14th July.

Otunga and Gabriel had been married since 2003 and had an eight-year-old daughter.

The late Shamim Gabriel

He 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.”