Jose Leonardo, 56, knifed mum-of-three Maria Mbombo, 52, multiple times then left her to die at their home
An Uber driver who knifed his wife to death after googling “the most painful place to stab someone” has been convicted of her murder .
Jose Leonardo, 56, stabbed Maria Mbombo, 52, multiple times at their home in Belsize Park, west London, in May.
The mum-of-three died at the scene, a trial at the Old Bailey heard.
Prosecutor John Price QC said there was no dispute that Leonardo killed her , but he has claimed it was manslaughter by “loss of control”.
The taxi driver was found guilty of one count of murder, but cleared of one charge of perverting the course of justice.
The couple met in Holland in 1988 and moved to north-west London in 1993.
At the time of her death, Ms Mbombo was working as a cleaner while the defendant was a driver for the internet-based company Uber.
Shortly before midnight on May 18, the couple’s 23-year-old son Carl dialled 999 in tears.
Paramedics arrived to find him trying to resuscitate his mother on the floor of a bedroom.
The victim, who was wearing a white top and black knickers, was covered in blood and had been dead for “some while”, Mr Price said.
She had been alone with the defendant until her children returned home shortly before the 999 call, the court heard.
Maria Mbombo was knifed to death
Earlier that afternoon, the defendant’s mobile phone was used to search Google for “can I survive stab in the eye” and “most painful place to stab someone”.
The defendant was in his flat with his dead or dying wife for an hour or so as his other son Jacques, 27, banged on the door and screamed to get in.
After slipping out, Leonardo tried to buy a bottle of beer in a nearby convenience store but was refused.
The shopkeeper noticed blood on his jacket and asked “what’s that?” and Leonardo allegedly replied: “Just call the police.”
Officers arrived to find Leonardo wearing a white vest drenched in blood and murmuring “my wife is dead”.
Mr Price told jurors: “For all his statements of grief to the police officers at the hospital, the defendant, who will have been with her in their home whilst she slowly died, did nothing to summon help.”
Leonardo will be sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey at 10am on Tuesday, with his minimum term to be determined.