Ex-hus­band jailed for mur­der

The Northern Advocate - - Nation -

In­no­cent by­standers who tried to save a woman from a fren­zied street stab­bing have spo­ken about their guilt and help­less­ness at be­ing un­able to save her life. Three peo­ple stopped to try and help Keshni Naicker, 28, who was be­ing at­tacked by her knife-wield­ing ex­hus­band in Christchurch on Septem­ber 15. They saw Shiu Prasad, a 52-year-old diesel me­chanic, chas­ing his pet­ri­fied and bleed­ing for­mer wife down Ilam Rd be­fore she tripped and fell and he re­peat­edly plunged a large knife into her, ul­ti­mately killing her. The scene con­tin­ues to haunt the trau­ma­tised wit­nesses who strug­gle to sleep at night and wish they could've done more to help. Prasad was yesterday sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with min­i­mum non-pa­role pe­riod of 13 years at the High Court in Christchurch. The court heard how he had mar­ried Naicker in 2013 but be­came en­raged af­ter she left him ear­lier this year.

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