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Marion Vita death: Husband Tony guilty of knife murder

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Image caption The court heard that Tony Vita repeatedly stabbed his wife

A man is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering his wife after discovering she was in a relationship with another woman.

Tony Vita, 47, repeatedly stabbed 48-year-old Marion Vita at their home in Baillieston, Glasgow, last September.

He denied killing his wife and claimed that she had died as the result of a bizarre accident after she fell on the knife during a struggle.

At the High Court in Glasgow, sentence on Vita was deferred until next month.

During the trial, Vita said he had tried to kill himself after discovering that his wife had been having an affair with 34-year-old Elwira Rumniak for almost a year.

Woman's screams

The jury was told that the couple's neighbour, Helen Colquitt, heard three screams just after 20:00 on 20 September last year as she was watching television.

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Image caption Marion Vita wanted to set up home with her female lover

She said the screams were immediately followed by a woman shouting: "No, don't", followed by the sound of someone running upstairs.

In his evidence Vita said he did not realise his wife was injured and said he went upstairs and stabbed himself twice in a failed attempt to end his own life.

But he had no explanation as to why his wife's blood was on the front of the dressing gown he was wearing and on the legs of his glasses.

Detectives who examined the home after the murder found an entry on a calendar in the kitchen for 20 September 2013 which stated: "Marion cheating lesbian whore."

Vita had also cut his wife out of family photographs and smashed a mug which said "home is where the heart is".

Mrs Vita's lover, Ms Rumniak, told the court she had met her at a party in October 2012 and fell in love.

Ms Rumniak told prosecutor Douglas Fairley QC that the couple wanted to set up home together and had talked of adopting a child.

Mrs Vita had been staying in Edinburgh with Ms Rumniak but came home to Baillieston to face her husband after confessing by text to the affair.

In a rage, Vita stabbed his wife four times and then left her to die.

Son's evidence

The court heard how the couple's 11-year-old son found her lying dying on the couch.

He told the court: "My mum was unconscious...her lips were quite grey.

"She was not moving at all. She was lying on the sofa, sort of on her side."

Image caption Marion Vita's body was found at her home in Barrachnie Crescent, Baillieston

The boy said he tried opening his mother's eyes and talking to her before a 999 call was made.

He said that Ms Rumniak had been one of Mrs Vita's "best friends", but that his father had "suspicions" about the true extent of their relationship and he had been aware of his parents arguing.

Police officers who interviewed Vita shortly after the murder said he displayed no grief or sense of loss at the death of his wife.

When the jury's verdict was announced, Vita sat with his head bowed. He shook his head as he was led away to the cells.

He faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced next month.

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