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Vic wife stabber could be freed in 4 years

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Genevieve Gannon

A Melbourne man with a history of domestic violence could serve as little as four years in prison for the attempted murder of his wife who he stabbed in the neck 10 times.

Sukhwinder Sandhu, 39, snuck up on Ramandeep Kharod in their bedroom, grabbed her by her pony tail and viciously attacked her because he believed she was trying to poison him.

Friends who lived in the Tarneit house with the couple ran to Ms Kharod's aid when they heard her screams.

Sandhu said, "she makes me mental," after the attack and later admitted when police arrived that he had tried to kill her.

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder.

In the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday, Justice Michael Croucher said Sandhu was delusional when he attacked the mother of his child.

The court heard submissions Sandhu suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was likely in the grip of psychosis when he stabbed Ms Kharod on February 4 last year.

He had previously told a marriage counsellor he believed his wife had a lover and demanded a paternity test for their daughter.

"He was so deluded that his moral culpability was reduced - not to nothing - but to a very low level," Justice Croucher said.

Justice Croucher jailed Sandhu for seven years, with a minimum of four to serve, saying he was an unsuitable vehicle for general deterrence due to his mental impairment.

He said Sandhu had a history of violence towards his wife, including once kicking her in the stomach when she was pregnant.

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