A bus driver who claimed he murdered his wife after she threatened to throw him out for having Covid-19 has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years.
Hussein Egal used a table leg, ladder and meat cleaver during his “frenzied” assault on Maryan Ismail last April.
The 66-year-old, from Edmonton in north London, was found guilty of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Imposing a life sentence, Judge Mark Lucraft QC said Egal he had shown “little if any remorse”.
During the trial, the court heard Ms Ismail, who worked as a school cleaner, suffered 70 injuries, with the most severe to her head and chest.
The court heard Egal admitted carrying out the killing at the couple’s home in South Mall, but denied it was murder.
Egal gave police a number of explanations for the killing, telling one officer he had coronavirus and he should stay away from him.