Husband gets 18 years for murdering concert pianistmain
The Norwegian double-bass player John Martin, 48, has been given a life sentence for murdering his wife Natalia Strelchenko at their Manchester home on their second wedding anniversary last August.
He will serve a minimum 18 years, reduced to 17 when time already spent in jail is taken into consideration.
Justice Laura Cox said he had inflicted a ‘brutal, sustained and unprovoked attack’.
Martin pleaded in defence that he had no recollection of the attack after consuming alcohol and diazepam. But he told police who arrived at the scene, ‘Kill me, kill me please, I have nothing to live for, I do not deserve to live’.
Natalia leaves a son from a previous marriage.
Full sentencing report here.