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Suhail Azam murdered wife Kanwal while she was on phone

Suhail Azam Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption 54-year-old Suhail Azam pleaded guilty to the murder in August

A man who stabbed his estranged wife to death while she was on the phone to a friend has been jailed for life.

Kanwal Azam suffered multiple stab wounds in the attack by 54-year-old Suhail Azam at her home in Wolverhampton in March.

Her friend called 999 after hearing her screams while she was on a phone call to her, police said.

Azam, of Newhampton Road East, Whitmore Reans, pleaded guilty to murder in August.

A judge at Stoke Crown Court said that Azam must serve a minimum of 17 years and six months before being eligible for parole.

Det Insp Justin Spanner, of West Midlands Police, said: "It is our belief that Suhail went to the address with the express intention to kill his estranged wife after receiving a solicitor's letter from her outlining access to the children."

Police said the couple's children were not present during the attack, but they have been left "devastated" by their mother's death.

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