Victim Sandra Peniamina
Victim Sandra Peniamina

Husband guilty of frenzied stabbing murder

A MAN who stabbed his wife to death in a jealous rage has been found guilty of the woman's murder.

Arona Peniamina, 38, was late today found guilty by a Brisbane Supreme Court jury of the brutal March 2016 murder of his wife Sandra Peniamina.

The 29-year-old mother of four died in the driveway of her home at Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane, after being repeatedly stabbed and hit in the head with a fence bollard.

Peniamina pleaded guilty to manslaughter at the start of his trial last Monday, but his plea was not accepted by the Crown.

A jury today took less than three hours to find Peniamina murdered his wife in deliberate frenzied attack.

The man had tried to argue throughout the trial he had been provoked, and believed his wife was having an affair.

Victim Sandra Peniamina (Facebook picture)
Victim Sandra Peniamina (Facebook picture)

 

The court was told Peniamina had killed his wife because he was preoccupied by the idea she had an affair.

"There was this cloud of infidelity that existed, whether true or not, that was occupying his mind," Crown prosecutor Dzenita Balic told the jury.

The court was told Sandra Peniamina died after suffering 29 stab wounds to her head, face and body and trauma to her head.

Neighbour Michael White, 27, gave evidence during the trial his mother had called triple-0 after they heard "blood-curdling screams" coming from the house on the day of the killing.

Mr White told the jury he had tried to help Ms Peniamina as she lay dying on the driveway by was told by "a man" to "f--- off".

"As he was moving back toward the front door and I took the opportunity to take a few steps (toward Sandra)," he said.

"(The man started coming) toward me again and he crouched down and picked something up, I thought it must have been something from the garden.

"He told me to f--- off, so at that time I ran back home because I didn't have anything to defend myself."

Peniamina will be sentenced on Tuesday for the murder.

Police at the scene of the murder in 2016
Police at the scene of the murder in 2016