‘Paranoid’ husband convicted of wife’s axe murder

A “jealous and paranoid" husband who killed his wife with an axe after convincing himself she was having an affair has been found guilty of her murder.

West Midlands Police found Norbert Chikerema behind the wheel of his Nissan Qashqai in a supermarket car-park in the early hours of 30 January.

Beside him in the passenger seat was wife Nyasha Kahari − known to family and friends as Gillian − who police found had suffered catastrophic head injuries; she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mother-of-four Mrs Kahari left the family home in Overdale Road, Quinton, with her husband the previous evening on the understanding they were heading out on home visits as part of their care in the community business.

However, detectives suspect 42-year-old Chikerema had already planned to kill his wife that night − and a blood-stained axe was found inside the car when officers traced it to Lidl in Mackadown Lane, Tile Cross. Chikerema confessed to killing the 35-year-old but claimed he was not of sound mind at the time and denied murder.

However, at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday he was found guilty; he will be sentenced today. West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Paul Joyce, from Force CID, said:

"Chikerema’s actions mean four children now have to live without their mother; a family has been tragically ripped apart and he will have to live with the consequences of his brutal attack forever.

“He suggested he was not of sound mind at the time of the killing and pleaded not guilty on the grounds of diminished responsibility. However, we demonstrated a degree of advanced planning − notably taking the axe out in the car that night − and the jury quickly found him guilty.

“We found him alongside his dead wife early on the morning of 30 January but it is not clear exactly where or when he killed his wife. Only he knows that. Our thoughts remain with the children and wider family and we wish them all the best for their futures."

A tribute released on behalf of Ms Kahari’s family read: “Gillian was a decent, loving mother of four children, two boys and two girls. She was a caring and hardworking woman who always strived to keep her family happy. 

“Gillian will be missed by her family and all those who knew her."


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