A jealous husband murdered his wife by repeatedly stabbing her because she spoke to another man on a night out.
Immediately after killing Victoria Bance in October, Robert Bance called police and told them, “Hello, I just killed my wife."
Bance, a 53-year-old father of eight kids, was jailed for life at Plymouth Crown Court in England after he admitted to the murder.
Prosecutor Simon Laws described a “frenzied attack,” in which Bance, who was drunk, stabbed 37-year-old Victoria 16 times in the chest with a military knife that used to belong to his father.
Earlier in the evening, the couple had been out drinking alcohol in Plymouth -- but Bance stormed out of a club as she was talking to another man, taking her bag and money with him.
Victoria got a taxi home and was heard mumbling to herself, “He's going to kill me."
Bance was not there when she returned, but when he arrived, the couple, who were married for two years, began arguing.
After the attack, Victoria was taken to the hospital when emergency services arrived at the family home, but she died shortly after.
Mr. Laws told the court,
At 1: 35 am the defendant calls 999 from his own phone. The prosecution say he is both out of breath and obviously drunk. He makes his admission to killing his wife. He says he stabs her and he hangs up.
The court heard Victoria had 23 wounds in total, with 16 stab wounds to the chest. 14 of those stabs penetrated her heart and both of her lungs.
Victoria's son Liam, 19, told the court his stepfather was “jealous” whenever she spoke to anyone, “as if he wanted her for himself."
Sentencing Bance to life with a minimum of 15 years, Judge Paul Darlow said,
This was, Mr. Bance, a murder committed in a cold and deliberate rage. There can be no doubt that in attacking Victoria with a knife 23 times it was your intention to kill her. The terror and pain she experienced does not bear thinking about.
Defending Bance, Nicolas Gerasimidis said he is “clearly remorseful” and “not a bad man."