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Woolwich Man Jailed for Stabbing Wife to Death

Monday 3rd December 2013

A man who claimed he stabbed his wife in self defence has been jailed for life for stabbing her to death in Woolwich.

Bentley Huggins - 41 - has been found guilty of murdering 35 year old Desirie Thomas in December last year.

He attacked her hours after she told him she wanted to divorce him but claimed in court that he was a battered husband.

Desirie - a British Airways supervisor - was found at home with 10 stab wounds to her neck and face. She had been stabbed from behind.

Huggins was unemployed and faced being deported back to the Caribbean in the divorce happened.

The couple had a toddler daughter who he looked after while Desirie worked but was described as being unhappy in the role of childminder.

Judge Anthony Morris described it as a "savage and sustained attack."

"You had been violent to your wife before," he told Huggins. "You convinced yourself that you were a slave or second class citizen, and that your wife would receive better treatment from the courts."

He will have to serve a minimum of 20 years.