A Sydney man who cut his wife's throat with a box cutter has written a remorseful letter to the sentencing judge expressing his love for her and declaring: "She is living in my breath, every day I meet her in my dream [sic]."
The handwritten letter was tendered as evidence in the sentencing hearing of Chamanjot Singh, a 24-year-old who killed his wife in December 2009 after an argument in which she allegedly said she loved another man and was going to leave him.
Two weeks ago Singh was found guilty of manslaughter over the killing, with a jury deciding that he was not guilty of murder because his wife had provoked him.
He is now being sentenced by Justice Peter McClellan in the NSW Supreme Court.
"I wish to God of God, send my Manpreet on this earth and take my life."
Singh repeatedly apologises to Ms Kaur's family for what he has done and declares: "I am a very bad person.
"I cannot explain how much I hate myself over this incident. Every single day I am missing her presence more and more."
On the night of the killing, Singh strangled Ms Kaur in the bedroom of their Westmead home before using the box cutter to cut her throat eight times.
During the trial, Singh's defence claimed Ms Kaur verbally abused him, repeatedly insulted his mother and said she loved another man just before she was killed.
Singh told the jury: "I just lost it, I had no control of my body or mind.
"Manpreet said she never loved me, she love only [a man named] Preet," he said.
"I gave my life to this girl, but she said I love other man."
His barrister, Chrissa Loukas, said he had been caught in a "triangle of desperation".
This triangle was created by the fact that his wife had allegedly engaged in adultery, by his fear of deportation and by the severe financial and family pressure he was under.