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Crown appeals wife killer Tony Vita's 'lenient' sentence

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Image caption Tony Vita was jailed for a minimum of 12 years for repeatedly stabbing his wife after finding out she was having an affair with another woman

Prosecutors are appealing the "lenient" 12-year jail term given to a man who murdered his wife after discovering she was having a lesbian affair.

Tony Vita, 47, stabbed legal manager Marion, 48, at the family home in Baillieston, Glasgow, last September.

Vita flew into a rage after learning his wife of 19 years was in a sexual relationship with 34 year-old fraud analyst Elwira Rumniak.

He was convicted of murder despite claiming the killing was an accident.

The Crown Office - who Mrs Vita worked for - are appealing the sentence handed out by Judge Sean Murphy QC on the grounds that it was unduly lenient.

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Image caption Marion Vita was found dying by her son

No date has been fixed for a hearing.

At the sentencing earlier this month, Judge Murphy said the killing was a "truly exceptional case given the unusual circumstances".

Jailing Vita for life, he added: "This is an incredibly sad case and has had tragic consequences for everyone who knew her including you.

"You had lived an exemplary life, but all of that ended when you discovered she was having an affair with another woman."

In mitigation, Brian McConnachie QC, defending, said: "The circumstances disclosed at trial indicate that this incident clearly happened at a time of unimaginable stress, so far as Mr Vita is concerned."

During the trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Vita said he had tried to kill himself after discovering that his wife had been having an affair for almost a year.

Police officers who interviewed Vita shortly after the murder said he displayed no grief or sense of loss at the death of his wife.

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