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Life for Levenhulme's Aftab Alam for murdering wife

Aftab Alam Image copyright GMP
Image caption Aftab Alam was profoundly affected by two brain haemorrhages, said the judge

A jealous husband who murdered his wife days before she was due to move out of their home in Manchester has been jailed.

Aftab Alam, 53, pleaded guilty to stabbing Aisha Alam at their Levenshulme home in November.

He then drove to a police station with the murder weapon and told officers: "I have just killed my wife."

Alam, of Mayford Road, was ordered to serve a minimum of 12 years in prison at Manchester Crown Court.

'Brutal and unprovoked'

Mrs Alam, was sitting on the sofa on 22 November when her husband of 29 years stabbed her 13 times in the neck, chest and back.

He then went to Longsight police station with a holdall containing the murder weapon and confessed.

The court heard his relationship with Aisha was "profoundly affected" when he suffered two brain haemorrhages in recent years.

Police said the mother-of-four reported she had suffered domestic violence at his hands in 2011 but she did not want to press charges.

Mrs Alam had been due to exchange contracts on moving home just days after she was murdered, said police.

Sentencing him, Judge Robert Atherton said the couple's children would "have to live with the dreadful fact that you took their mother from them".

Greater Manchester Police's Duncan Thorpe said: "Aftab Alam not only callously took a life in a brutal and unprovoked attack, he has deprived four children of their mother."

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