A UK court sentenced Conrad Irabor Martin Iyayi, a Nigerian man who fatally stabbed his wife in their home, to life in prison.
According to sources, in the early hours of 6, 2022, the 46-year-old stabbed his wife, Katy Harris, seventeen times in the chest at their home in Oak Crescent, Littleover, Derby.
Iyayi summoned the police to his home in Oak Crescent shortly before 7.30 a.m. that fateful day, telling the call taker that he had murdered his wife, Katy Harris.
Following his arrest, Iyayi told officers that he couldn’t recall what transpired after consuming drugs obtained on the dark web.
On February 8, Iyayi was charged with murder and continued to deny murdering his wife.
However, he accepted his guilt barely two days into his trial at Derby Crown Court.
He was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, August 18, 2023, and must serve a minimum of 18 years before being considered for release.
“Katy Harris was a much-loved mother, daughter, friend, and teacher,” said Detective Inspector Steve Shaw. Her death was a devastating loss of life for her family and the hundreds of children whose lives she had touched through her job as a teacher.
“Today, our thoughts are with Katy’s family, particularly her three children, whom she adored.” Their dignity and support for this investigation have been excellent, and I cannot express how grateful I am for how they have handled themselves throughout what has been an extraordinarily painful 18 months.
“”Conrad Iyayi robbed Katy of what should have been a long and happy life with her family and friends, and he has presented no believable explanation for what transpired in that house on that fateful night.”
“I hope that seeing Iyayi behind bars gives all those affected the space to now start rebuilding their lives and allows them to focus on Katy’s memories, which will live on in the hearts of all she knew.”
Ms. Harris worked as an art teacher at St. Clare’s School in Mickleover and was likely sleeping in the spare room of the house due to her husband’s snoring, with the couple’s 11-year-old son also at home in his bedroom, according to the court.
Prosecutor Gordon Aspden KC said the son characterized the evening as “entirely normal” when questioned by police.