Evil husband who stabbed art teacher wife, 52, to death as their son slept upstairs is jailed for life | The Sun

Evil husband who stabbed art teacher wife, 52, to death as their son slept upstairs is jailed for life | The Sun

August 18, 2023

A TWISTED husband who stabbed his teacher wife to death as their son slept upstairs has been jailed for life.

Conrad Iyayi, 46, knifed mum-of-three Katy Harris, 52, seven times in the chest in the kitchen of their family home in Littleover, Derbyshire.

The monster carried out the "brutal and needless killing" after taking methadone he bought from the dark web washed down with brandy.

He then called 999 from further down the street and told the operator: "Just get the police here straight away. Get the police here, I have killed somebody".

When asked who, Iyayi replied: "My wife".

Iyayi has now been jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years after dramatically changing his plea to murder midway onthe second day of his trial.

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Katy's son, who was in the house when his mum was murdered, told the court how he never imagined being at her funeral when he was just 11 years old.

He added: "I'm sad she won't see me turn 18, pass my driving or go to university.

"I feel betrayed by the defendant, he's not my father and I want nothing to do with him again. I am glad I have changed my name to Harris and I never want to see him again.

"He has taken to most important person in my life away from me."

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While daughter Phoebe told how the family has been "thrown into emotional turmoil".

She added: "'Devastation' and 'traumatised' are words which are overused (but) this is how we feel. Theo has lost both of his parents as a resut of what the defendant did, his father murdered his mother and he has counselling once a week.

"With regards to Conrad he has not shown any remorse or guilt. He unleashed a nightmare on her that night and no sentence will ever be enough.

"Nobody, let alone our mother, deserves the pain and fear she must have suffered in the last moments of her life, she leaves behind a hole that can never be filled.."

Derby Crown Court heard the horror unfolded on February 6 last year as the couple's young son slept upstairs.

After Iyayi was arrested, he told officers about the drug substitute he had bought on the dark web.

He claimed: "I was hallucinating, my heart was beating making me think I was going to die. I woke up the next morning and walked past the kitchen where I saw my wife.

"What I thought was a dream must have been reality and I contacted the police. I had no intention of harming Kathryn, prior to this incident we'd had a nice evening cooking together and watching TV."

A post mortem found Katy died from seven penetrating stab wounds to the chest.

She had also suffered defensive wounds as she frantically fought to keep her husband off.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

In a joint tribute, her children said: "She was an advocate for young people and believed in everyone's potential, always encouraging them to be their best selves.

"She was incredibly supportive and efficient and she dedicated her life to her children.

"The loss of our mother is the most sudden and tragic event we will experience in our lives. Although a victim in this circumstance, our mother was not a victim in life.

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"Katy was a fearless woman, she spoke her mind and stood up for herself and others.

"The pain that we feel now that our mother has been taken from us is indescribable, however, we will move forward as a family with the spirit of our mum with us forever."

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