A man explained to police that he stabbed his wife 56 times in a carpark with a pair of scissors because 'she did not obey the law of marriage'.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei stabbed his estranged wife, Leila Alavi, in her heart and in her neck, and he explained that he killed her because she left him.
"Because we were married and before divorce she broke the contract. I could not tolerate it. I could not forget it.
"We have commitment, moral commitment towards one another. In this country this means nothing."
The interview was heard at his sentencing hearing on Thursday, and he had threatened to kill her three months before he murdered her.
He called her saying, "You are a slut, I'm going to kill you and I'm going to fix up your sister and friends who have been teaching you this."
She took out an apprehended violence order against him and moved in with her sister, Mitra Avali. Her sister revealed that Leila had experienced domestic violence.
"Eight months before she died she come to my place and told me, 'I can't live with Mokhtar because he is punching me and it is scary'," Mitra said.
Mokhtar had threatened to kill Leila the day before she died, and she had told her friends at the hairdressing salon she worked at.
She was last seen the next day, walking outside to talk to him after he had announced he was outside. She was stabbed 22 times in the head and neck, 27 times in the legs and torso and seven times in the shoulder and arms.
Mokhtar Hosseiniamraei pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year, and will be sentenced next Thursday.