By Lucy Carter
A man has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years and nine months in jail for the murder of his estranged wife Leila Alavi in 2015.
Ms Alavi, 26, was stabbed almost 60 times by Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei with a pair of scissors in the car park of an Auburn shopping centre after their relationship broke down.
Supreme Court Justice Robert Hulme said Hosseiniamraei killed his estranged wife “in the most callous and brutal circumstances”.
Justice Hulme said while the “frenzied” killing was in the “context of a history of personal violence and threats to kill” he accepted the murder was not seriously planned or premeditated.
However, he pointed out Ms Alavi’s final moments must have been terrifying.
Justice Hulme said Hosseiniamraei’s thinking was “chaotic in the weeks and months leading up” to the killing and his “intention to kill had crystallised” that morning.
“[He had a] breathtakingly arrogant and misogynistic attitude towards the rights of his wife to choose her own destiny,” Justice Hulme said.
He also said Hosseiniamraei had not been deterred by being the subject of an apprehended violence order.
Hosseiniamraei was sentenced to a maximum of 21 years in jail.
With time already served he will be eligible for parole in 2030.
The court was told Hosseiniamraei had threatened to kill Ms Alavi twice before the fatal attack, and that she had taken an AVO out against him and moved house.