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A Sydney man accused of brutally stabbing his estranged wife to death with a pair of scissors told police he did it because she left their marriage.
Leila Alavi, 26, was pronounced dead after being stabbed 56 times in the car park beneath her Auburn hairdressing salon in January 2015.
Her husband, Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei, pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year, having confessed to authorities shortly after the attack.
Details of that police interview were tendered to Supreme Court during Hosseiniamraei’s sentencing hearing on Thursday.
“[I stabbed her] In her heart and in her neck because she did not obey the rule of marriage,” he told police, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
When pushed further by the interviewing officer, the Iranian-born 34-year-old said, “Because we were married and before divorce she broke the contract. I could not tolerate it. I could not forget it.
“We have commitment, moral commitment towards one another. In this country this means nothing.”
Alavi had moved out of the couple’s Toongabbie home and taken out an apprehended violence order against her husband just months prior to the attack, after he threatened her life.
“You are a slut, I’m going to kill you and I’m going to fix up your sister and friends who have been teaching you this,” he said according to The Sydney Morning Herald.