A controlling husband stabbed his wife to death after she discovered his stash of indecent images of a child.
Adam Parkin attacked primary school teacher Julie, 39, with a kitchen knife at their semi-detached home in Sunderland earlier this year.
The 35-year-old knifed her 23 times with a 20cm blade he grabbed from the kitchen, before attempting to murder another person.
Newcastle Crown Court was told how Parkin went to the police station following the attacks and told them: ‘I need the police. I have just killed my wife. ‘I had something beautiful and I have f***ed it up.’
Parkin, who moved to the north east from Nottingham after meeting Julie, also told officers: ‘She was so sad when she found out what I really am, we were going to split.
She said ‘don’t kill yourself’ but I should have done that, I should have killed myself. There’s something wrong with me.’
The court heard Julie confronted Parkin about text messages he had sent and indecent images of a child. After discussing their problems, he carried out the brutal attack as Julie sat on a sofa in the living room. She received nine stab wounds to the neck area, three to her chest and eight to her upper back. One of the injuries was so severe the tip of the blade broke off and was left in her skull.
The court heard how Parkin, who married in 2008, was described as ‘controlling’.
Their relationship was described as being ‘in difficulties’ and ‘not entirely happy’.
Explicit child videos were also found by officers on his mobile phone. In a victim impact statement Julie’s mother Patricia Oxley said: ‘The heart has been taken out of our family and left a huge hole where Julie should be.’
During a previous hearing Parkin pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder of the second victim. He also admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of a child, relating to category A, B, and C videos.
Judge Sloan QC sentenced him to life in prison with a minimum of 23 years.
He said: ‘You subjected her to a brutal knife attack. She tried to fight off the blade with her bare hands but to no avail.’
Her family said afterwards: ‘This has been the hardest year of our lives. We still cannot comprehend what has happened or why Adam killed our beautiful girl.
‘For us now, as a family we have to try and figure out how we move on from this. We want to be able to keep alive in all of our hearts and memories.’
DCI Lisa Theaker, of Northumbria Police, added: ‘Julie Parkin’s family have shown tremendous courage and dignity throughout this investigation. ‘I cannot even begin to imagine what they have been going through since Julie’s life was so tragically and brutally cut short.
‘His violent, cowardly and senseless actions on the 26th of June will affect her children, family and friends for the rest of their lives.’