A jealous husband who stabbed his wife death because she spoke to another man has been jailed for life.
Robert Bance, 53, knifed Victoria Bance in the heart with a ceremonial Commando dagger following a night out.
He then called police and told them: ” I have just killed my wife .”
Police and paramedics found Mrs Bance had suffered 23 knife wounds, including 14 deep stab wounds to the chest – any of which could have been fatal, the Plymouth Herald reported.
Father-of-eight Bance later told officers they had rowed after she had told him to leave their Leigham home, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
The former plumber added: “She went for me and that is when I went for the knife on the side.”
Bance called the police to admit the murder, but minutes earlier when she was still alive he had fobbed off call handlers saying nothing was wrong.
Jailing him for life with a minimum tariff of 15 years, Judge Paul Darlow told Bance: “This was a merciless and prolonged attack and the terror and pain she must have experienced in those minutes does not bear thinking about. This was a murder committed in a cold and deliberate rage.”
He said the phone call from the 999 operator had given Bance the chance to take stock – but he lied about what was happening and killed his wife.
Judge Darlow said that the evening had “turned sour” when Bance had seen his wife talking to another man in a Barbican pub.
He had stormed off, leaving her to get home with no phone and no money.
Bance will serve at least 15 years before he can even be consider for parole, which is not automatic.
Bance’s barrister, Nicolas Gerasimidis, said Bance had killed a “woman he loved”.
Bance, wearing a black polo shirt, spoke only to plead guilty to murder on October 9 last year during a hearing which lasted an hour.