- Aubrey Puley Paddy was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison today
- Manchester Crown Court hears how he ‘waits’ for his wife to return home
- He waits for 43-year-old Tamara Paddy to fall asleep and then brutally attacks her
- The couple’s child was sleeping in the next room and did not wake up
- Mr. Padi pleaded guilty to a murder case
A man who brutally murdered his estranged wife at her home has been jailed for at least 23 years.
Aubrey Puley Paddy, 46, killed Tamara Paddy in a ‘planned and carefully executed assault’ while one of her two young children slept in the next bedroom, a court heard.
Mr Paddy was ‘waiting’ for his wife to return home – even setting an alarm on his phone so that she could take a nap and ‘make sure your wife is asleep before you turn on her’ Attack,’ a judge said as he lived a life. Punishment today.
Mrs Padi, 43, was described as a ‘beautiful, bubbly, outgoing, professional woman’. She worked as a caregiver and went on a late night care visit on the night of July 7.
Manchester Crown Court heard Mrs Paddy returned to her Stalybridge home at 1.30 am with a colleague and they both fell asleep.
The court was told that Mr Padi had ‘concealed himself’ in his house after going inside. He was armed with a knife and a hammer, and was carrying gloves and a long rope, the court was told.
After sounding his alarm at 3.30 a.m., Mr. Padi told his wife about a ‘pull up exercise bar’ with a metal one, Court Head.
Aubrey Puley Paddy, 46, killed Tamara Paddy (pictured) in a ‘planned and carefully executed assault’ while one of her two young children slept in the next bedroom, a court heard
Then he left her bedroom, but returned to stab him eight times with one of the two kitchen knives he had brought with him.
Mrs Padi was later declared brought dead at the hospital when her colleague found her seriously injured.
The court heard that the couple’s daughter had “mercifully” slept in the brutal attack.
Mrs Padi’s family saw that her husband had pleaded guilty to a murder case.
Mr Paddy cried and looked away from his children as Judge Elizabeth Nichols handed down the sentence on Tuesday.
The court heard that the two separated in early 2021 after 14 years of marriage and before that ‘many years together’.
The relationship is said to have broken down and divorce proceedings were ‘imminent’.
Prosecutor Richard Pratt QC said on July 6 – the day before her murder – Mr. Paddy had punched Mrs. Paddy in the face when she would not let him use his mobile phone in her car.
Two weeks ago, he had caught her via voicemail on his phone.
And he had previously, in voicemail messages intercepted by police, described his conduct towards her as ‘scary’ – adding that he was ‘running her away’.
Aubrey Puley Paddy, 46, (pictured) pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife and was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison.
On the night, after the punch, he sent her ‘apology and threatening’ text messages – with one ending: ‘This is the last time you insulted me.’
Sentencing, Judge Nichols said of the murder: ‘In that moment the defendant effectively deprived the children of both his parents, one through death, the other by destruction of faith in his father, which Until that moment believed they knew and loved. ‘
Judge Nichols said Mrs Paddy was afraid of her. ‘You waited at home for your wife to return from a late night care visit, knowing that your daughter slept in the next bedroom,’ he said.
‘Your intentions were so clear and well thought out, you even set your phone alarm to give yourself a chance to sleep and make sure your wife sleeps before attacking her.’
The court heard that Mr Padi fled but called 999 and confessed to an ambulance control center call operator, saying he was going to kill himself.
The court heard, ‘I’m sorry for what I did, but it was worth it,’ he told the operator.
Later, after telling the authorities where he was, Mr. Padi was arrested. He had drunk whiskey and had taken paracetamol.
His other daughter, who was sleeping at his house, was unwell.
Judge Nichols said of PADI’s 999 call: ‘Your conversation is full of self-pity, justification for your conduct.
‘Like so much violence against women, you tried to lay the blame on the victim, suggesting that she has done injustice to you and that you have been driven to this conduct. Even to say he “deserves it”.
Mrs Padi, 43, was described as a ‘beautiful, bubbly, outgoing, professional woman’. She worked as a caregiver and went on a late night care visit on the night of July 7. She had come to the UK from South Africa with her husband and obtained a master’s degree in law.
‘And what kind of parental love is it that stays with your child while waiting for his mother to be murdered?
‘There is no excuse and no fault of the victim Tamara. This offense is entirely your responsibility. No woman should tolerate what Tamara did in her last moments at the hands of a man.’
The court heard that the couple had come to the UK from South Africa to work and that Mrs Padi had a postgraduate qualification in law.
After the split, they kept in regular touch and started a business called Green Leaf Health & Social Care Ltd., a care provision company for adults.
Prosecutor Mr Pratt said Mrs Paddy was attacked in two bedrooms and she fought to protect herself.
“He was effectively waiting for his wife to return,” he said.
‘He must have realized that his daughter was also in the house.
‘The respondent left the room assuming him to be dead, but returned when he heard the noise and stabbed him about eight times. There were multiple, defensive type injuries.
Stephen Meadowcroft QC defended it, saying it was “undoubtedly a shocking, tragic and very sad case”.
“Those who knew Tamara and the defendant were shocked by the incident,” he said.
The court heard, Mr Padi was described by friends as having a ‘calm and caring nature’ and a ‘loving father’. He already had no faith.
Addressing him, Judge Nichols said the crime was “beyond the comprehension of any of your friends and family.”
But she added: ‘Some people suggest that you may have suffered a breakdown, although mental health issues had no part to play in this crime, and no evidence has been offered.
‘You may be stressed and distressed by your work and or divorce, but neither explains the cruelty displayed.’
Detective Inspector Lee Shaw of GMP’s Major Incident Team said outside the court: ‘My thoughts are with the victim’s family, especially her two daughters who have been deeply traumatized and distressed over the past few months.
‘He has shown an enormous amount of strength and courage throughout the process of this investigation, and for that, I thank him.
‘Aubrey Paddy’s actions are incomprehensible.’