A MAN has been jailed for life after he was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend.
Jevgeni Matjuhha, 23, punched and strangled Nadija Ondzule at their home on January 20.
He admitted manslaughter, but a jury this week unanimously found him guilty of murder following a two week trial.
He will serve a minimum of 19 years in prison before he is considered for release.
Matjuhha, who is originally from Estonia, said he lost control when he found out that Mrs Ondzule had had an abortion.During the trial at Leeds Crown Court, the jury heard how Matjuhha fled to Amsterdam, then to the Ukraine and Estonia, spending money on Mrs Ondzule’s credit and debit cards.
He repeatedly phoned his girlfriend’s colleagues and family and pretended that she was still alive. Sentencing on Wednesday, the Honourable Mr Justice Foskett said: “Nadija may have had her faults, who does not, but she did not deserve to lose her life in this way.
“The sympathies of everyone will be with her family in particular. One day you will understand what you have done.”
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