British man gets life for stabbing Pinay wife in England
Stafford Crown Court has sentenced a British man to life imprisonment for stabbing his Filipina wife to death at their Telford home last November.
Peter Tripp received a life sentence on Monday for murdering his wife Belen, whom he had allegedly abused prior to killing her, a report on BBC said.
Inspector Mark Bellamy said he hoped the sentence meted out on Tripp, 77, will give comfort to the victim's family, who "have had to come to terms with the loss of Belen in the most painful way."
A report on Daily Record quoted Bellamy as praising Belen, a caregiver, for having the courage to call for help "despite suffering tremendous abuse."
A report on Shropshire Star said Belen called West Mercia Police for help after she had been stabbed in her home in Ketley Bank, Telford, before midnight of November 15, 2016.
The 10-minute recording of the call, as heard in court, included Tripp refusing to call an ambulance for his screaming wife and telling her he wanted her to die.
Paramedics pronounced Belen, 52, dead at the scene with multiple stab wounds. Her husband was taken to the hospital for slight injuries before he was arrested on suspicion of murder, a separate Shropshire Star report said.
Authorities found out that Tripp turned the gas taps in their home on before his arrest as he intended to commit suicide.
The couple met after Belen's brother-in-law, a friend of the convict, introduced them to each other. Belen Tripp immigrated to Ketley after they married in 2004.
Her family released a tribute to her shortly after her death: "We are all absolutely devastated and she will forever leave footprints in all of our hearts. The Filipino community in Telford will never ever forget her, we know they cherished all the good times and camaraderie. Goodbye our big sis and auntie, rest in peace now, we love you." —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News