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London man who murdered wife jailed for life

A businessman who stabbed his wife to death after she decided to leave him has been jailed for life.

Mark Campbell, 53, murdered Olga Pleguezuelos, 35, in their home in Harrow-on-the Hill, north-west London, the Old Bailey heard.

Ms Pleguezuelos, an executive for a slot machine manufacturer, was planning to live in Las Vegas.

Campbell tried to suffocate his wife before stabbing her to death. He was ordered to serve at least 14 years.

The head of an online gaming company, Campbell left his previous wife and children to be with Ms Pleguezuelos.

The Old Bailey heard that she wanted to end the relationship because of Campbell's controlling behaviour.

Emergency call

She died an hour after Campbell read a text message from another man on her phone whom she had met abroad.

Campbell then cut his own neck and wrists before dialling and telling the operator: "I am going to hell".

Aftab Jaffejee QC, prosecuting, said: "He simply refused to accept the rejection. It comes down to a sadly depressing theme - if I can't have you, nobody can."

Judge Anthony Morris told Campbell: "You were totally obsessed and you were extremely controlling and possessive.

"She loved you and always put your interest and welfare first."

Campbell had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of provocation and lack of intent but was found guilty of murder after only three hours last October.

An impact statement from Ms Pleguezuelos's mother Maria said: "Our life no longer has meaning without her."

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