04:38AM, Friday 19 October 2012
A 52-year-old man has been jailed 13 and a half years after attempting to murder his wife by stabbing her in the stomach.
Moses Conteh, of Church End Lane in Tilehurst was jailed at Reading Crown Court yesterday after admitting a charge of attempted murder at his home on February 26.
Conteh attacked his 50-year-old wife with a knife and a cup of caustic soda, stabbing her in the stomach and causing burn injuries to her body.
She managed to break free but Conteh caught up with her in the hallway where they struggled again before she fell down the stairway.
Conteh then attempted to take his own life by swallowing some of the caustic soda.
Both were taken to hospital for treatment and police were unable to interview Conteh for almost three months while he recovered from his injuries.
Sentencing Conteh, Judge Redihough said: “You have committed dreadful acts of violence against your wife who suffered life-threatening injuries; she was scared physically and mentally for her life.
“There has not been much remorse shown on your part and the planning of this act is a serious part of this case, which is aggravated by the knife and caustic soda you used.
“Although you are left with serious damage yourself and are of previous good character a substantial sentence will be passed.”
Detective Inspector Nick Watts, of Force CID in Reading, said: “I welcome the sentence given to Moses Conteh by the court, which reflects the horrific nature of the attack he carried out on his wife.
“I hope the victim is able to find some form of closure following the conclusion of this very distressing case.”
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