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man jailed for life after killing his wife on boxing day
man jailed for life after killing his wife on boxing day

Man jailed for life after killing his wife on Boxing Day

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced following the murder of his wife.

Laurens Brand, aged 47, of Parker Close in Shinfield, was charged with the murder of Angela Mittal on 28 December 2018.

He pleaded guilty to one count of murder at Reading Crown Court on 22 March and today (10/5) was sentenced life with a minimum term of 16 years and eight months’ imprisonment.

Officers were called to Parker Close at around 5.40am on Boxing Day (26/12) last year.

Angela had suffered 59 stab wounds to her neck and chest, she died at the scene.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mike Roddy, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a brutal assault carried out by Laurens Brand on his wife, Angela Mittal during which she suffered 59 separate injuries.

“Brand subjected Angela to this vicious attack in her own home, a place where she should have felt safe and secure.

“Instead of helping Angela, he tried to clean up before calling 999. When he did call, he didn’t ask for an ambulance, he asked directly for the police already in the knowledge it was too late for Angela.

“This has been an extremely difficult time for Angela’s family and I would like to thank them for their help and support throughout this investigation

“I’d also like to commend them on the courage they have shown, especially today when having to explain what the loss of Angela means to them.

“It is never easy time lose anyone, but in such violent circumstances, in her own home, it is unimaginable.”