Life Behind Bars For Man Who Murdered Wife

13 September 2016, 17:26 | Updated: 13 September 2016, 17:38

Erhan and Leighanne

A man has today been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife in West Lothian.

Erhan Havaleoglu repeatedly stabbed Leighanne Cameron at her home in Calder House Road, Mid Calder, on 28 October 2015.

The 29-year-old mum of two, who had separated from Havaleoglu some months before, suffered injuries to her neck, stomach and back.

She was taken to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.

Following a two-week trial, the now 36-year-old Havaleoglu was found guilty of Leighanne's murder at Paisley High Court on 4 August.

He was today sentenced at Glasgow High Court to a minimum of 20 years in prison before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Brown of Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team said:

"Leighanne's death has been absolutely devastating for her family and those close to her.

"Her five-year-old daughter and two-year-old son have been robbed of their loving mum in the most horrific of circumstances.

"Havaleoglu has callously refused to admit responsibility for Leighanne's murder ever since, despite extensive evidence against him.

"Unfortunately, nothing can undo his actions that day but hopefully the outcome at court provides some form of comfort and closure to Leighanne's family and friends."