A killer husband who stabbed his wife to death in a horror attack after cheating on her with men has been found not guilty on mental health grounds.
Hotel cleaner Upendra Ihalehewa, 46, knifed his wife Darshika Nilmini Kudaligama Withana at their home in Perth, Australia, last year after she tried to give him a head massage.
He had just returned from a shift at work when he launched into the fatal rampage.
A court heard that the killer suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had been haunted by a ‘ghost’ of his wife’s ‘different faces’ in the run up to her death.
Ihalehewa, who had been sleeping with men he met on Grindr behind his wife’s back, stabbed her in the chest and neck with a kitchen knife.
He was found not guilty of murder on account of his mental health problems, with a judge ruling he was in a state of psychosis at the time.
Justice Bruno Fiannaca said the killer’s illness left him with “no ability to reason rationally”, according to The West Australian.
At the time of his arrest the hotel cleaner said he had seen ‘apparitions’.
He told police his wife had appeared “suddenly as though she was a ghost” and she was “coming to take him”.
The 46-year-old suffered from delusions, according to local reports.
He claimed his wife had told him: “If you come to Sri Lanka I’ll get my friends to kill you.”
The court heard Ms Withana tried to give her husband a head massage after he came home from a shift at Perth’s Mercure Hotel seeming tense.
It was at that point Ihalehewa snapped and fatally stabbed his wife in her neck, the Mail Online reports.
Ms Withana had previously contacted her husband’s brother after he stopped taking his medication.
Psychiatrist Dr Adam Brett found there was not enough evidence to support the theory Ihalehewa killed his wife because of his sexual tendencies.
He will be detained at a psychiatric facility until deemed fit to be released.