- Fernando Paulino, 55, jailed for 30 years for fatally stabbing his ex-wife in 2013
- Teresa Mancuso died after she was stabbed at least 16 times in Melbourne home
- Justice Kevin Bill said Paulino was driven by jealousy and hatred towards ex-wife
- He called it ‘family violence of the most extreme kind’ during sentencing
A Melbourne man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife 16 times in what a judge called ‘family violence of the most extreme kind’ has been jailed for 30 years.
Fernando Paulino, 55, showed no reaction on Thursday morning as Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bell jailed him for a non-parole term of 25 years for the brutal murder of his estranged wife Teresa Mancuso.
The flight attendant, 49, was stabbed at least 16 times in the chest, abdomen and back, and suffered blunt force trauma to the head in the garage of her elderly parents’ Reservoir home in 2013.
Melbourne man Fernando Paulini, 55, has been jailed for 30 years for fatally stabbing his ex-wife (pictured on Thursday being escorted to prison after sentencing)
Paulini (left) stabbed his flight attendant ex-wife Teresa Mancuso (right) at least 16 times in the chest, abdomen and back
Justice Bell said Paulino was driven by jealousy, hatred and rage toward his former wife and made threats to kill her, harassed her and blackened her name.
Although Ms Mancuso was terrified of him, she refused to live a life of victimhood, he said.
‘This is a very serious example of the crime of murder,’ the judge said.
‘Yet again the court is confronted by family violence of the most extreme kind.’
However, the judge said the murder was not in the worst category and Paulino was not beyond redemption.
A Supreme Court jury convicted Paulino of the murder in June.
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Justice Kevin Bill said Paulino was driven by jealousy and hatred towards ex-wife
He called it ‘family violence of the most extreme kind’ during sentencing