'You've taken a beautiful soul': Man jailed for life after wife's brutal death


WARNING, DISTURBING CONTENT. A husband has been jailed for life after brutally stabbing and bashing his wife to death in a jealous rage north of Brisbane.

Sandra Peniamina tried desperately to escape, but died outside her home in Kippa Ring.

Her family says a “selfish” killer took away a beautiful woman.

At the family home, Arona Peniamina went on a violent rampage, leaving four young children without a mother.

Arona Peniamina, left, has been jailed for life for the murder of his wife Sandra, right. Source: 7 News

Sandra Peniamina, 29,  tried to defend her herself with a kitchen knife, but her husband grabbed it, then stabbed her so hard it broke.

He then picked up another knife and stabbed her more than 20 times.

But Sandra clung to life and ran outside to the driveway. When the second knife broke, her partner looked for another weapon.

Sandra Peniamina tried desperately to escape, but died outside her home in Kippa Ring. Source: 7 News

“You found a concrete block partly buried in the flower bed,” Justice Walter Sofronoff said in sentencing.

“You went back to where your wife was lying still on the ground, face down, bleeding, and you hit her on the head twice with this heavy concrete block, finally killing her.”

Sandra’s younger sister wiped away tears in court, telling Peniamina: “You’ve taken such a beautiful soul.”

“Since Sandy’s been gone we have had endless nights dealing with the boys, who cry for their mother,” Carnetra Potter said.

Mr Peniamina told Sandra’s family he was sorry ‘from the bottom of my heart.’ Source: 7 News

Mr Peniamina was given the opportunity to speak in court.

He stood up and apologised to Sandra’s family, saying: “I’m really sorry from the bottom of my heart.”

The 38-year-old has been jailed for life.

His four sons now live in New Zealand with Sandra’s family.

“Instead of having a loving mother as they grow, they’ll have horrific memories,” the judge said.

The National Domestic Violence Helpline can be contacted on 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call 000.