Driffield wife killer jailed for 28 years

Linda Merigo
Image caption Mrs Merigo's estranged husband attacked her in front of their two-year-old son

A "controlling" estranged husband who killed his wife with more than 100 stab wounds in broad daylight has been found guilty of her murder.

Linda Merigo, 40, died after she was found wounded outside her house in Clematis Close, Driffield, East Yorkshire, on 1 September.

Her estranged husband, Alfredo George Mario Merigo, 43, of Grimsby, had admitted the killing but denied murder.

He was jailed for a minimum of 28 years at Sheffield Crown Court.

Alfredo Merigo had attacked his wife in front of their two-year-old son, and a senior police officer said the killing had been "ruthlessly planned and executed".

Det Ch Insp Steve Hibbitt, of Humberside Police, said it had been a difficult case for officers to investigate.

Additional distress

He said: "Alfredo Merigo was arrested at the scene and although he admitted killing Linda he denied murder.

"Due to this it was necessary to investigate all aspects of the couple's relationship which has caused additional distress for Linda's family.

"My conclusion is that Alfredo Merigo is a self-centred, controlling, manipulative and ultimately violent man who ruthlessly planned and executed Linda's murder.

"He has deprived their son of his mother and devastated Linda's family.

"Despite compelling evidence, instead of accepting responsibility for his actions he chose to disrespect her memory."

The officer said Mrs Merigo's family was too upset to give a comment, but added: "The family wish to pay tribute to Linda as a kind and loving daughter who only wanted a loving husband and family. Instead she got Alfredo Merigo."

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