A KILLER who stabbed his wife to death in her bed will be sentenced today.

Fatos Xheta was convicted at Oxford Crown Court last week of the 'brutal' murder of his wife Safie.

The 46-year-old of Lytton Road, Oxford, stabbed his 35-year-old wife at the home they shared in Cowley in the early hours of June 17 this year.

He repeatedly knifed her in an attack motivated by 'sexual jealousy' and after the killing he placed a gag on his mouth and turned the blade on himself in an apparent suicide bid.

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The injuries he inflicted on his wife while she was lying in their bed in an upstairs bedroom were described as being dealt with 'severe' force.

One of her wounds measured 10 cm in depth and prosecutors said that Xheta had 'almost decapitated her'.

After the unanimous verdict was returned the brother of the slain woman, Alfred Dumani, said the 'horrible' act had destroyed lives.

In an emotional victim personal statement read to the court he said: "There is not a single moment I don't think about her."

Xheta had denied murder and from the witness box he repeatedly said he could not remember much of the life he had with his wife in Oxford.

He claimed that she was 'alive' and said he did not believe she was dead.

Despite his denials the jury took two hours and 43 minutes to reach their verdict.

Presiding Judge Ian Pringle QC called the incident a 'brutal murder' and said he would adjourn sentencing until today so he can hear from a prison psychiatrist.