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Man detained after stabbing wife to death in Wolverhampton

Scene of crime officer at the property in Wolverhampton
The woman was stabbed 18 times, police said

A man who stabbed his wife to death has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Behnam Shiraziyan, from Iran, was found guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court of fatally stabbing Shadi Afrouzi, 36.

Shiraziyan carried out the attack in the couple's flat in Newhampton Road West on 29 December, 2011, before stabbing himself.

Mrs Afrouzi, who had 18 stab wounds to her chest and abdomen, was tended to by paramedics but died at the scene.

The couple, who arrived in the UK from Iran in 2009, had been granted asylum status until 2016, a spokesman said.

Det Sgt Mick Griffiths, who lead the investigation, called it a "tragic case" and said the incident had followed a shopping trip to buy decorations for their new home, which they moved into two months earlier.

"We do not know what triggered Behnam to kill his wife and then attempt to take his own life," he said.

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