A BUS driver who stabbed his wife more than 500 times in a "volcanic eruption" is behind bars for life today.
Robert Bailey used numerous knives and a double-pronged carving fork to kill his wife, and the mother of his three children, Elaine, at their Wirral home.
She was so badly mutilated pathologists were unable to say exactly how many wounds she had suffered and could only be identified from her dental records.
Liverpool crown court heard Bailey had particularly targeted his 39-year-old wife’s face and head – which had at least 126 wounds.
Many of the blows were inflicted while former legal secretary Mrs Bailey was still alive, including an "unusual" pattern of wounds around the eyes which punctured the brain four times.
Ordering Bailey to serve a minimum of 20 years, The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Henry Globe QC said: "What is clear is that you took the life of your wife with acts of gruesome and savage violence.
"She must have suffered terribly.
"So severe were her injuries she couldn’t be identified, except by her dental records."
Members of Mrs Bailey’s family wept as suit-wearing Bailey was sent down.
The depressed 46-year-old, who admitted murder after psychiatrists ruled he was not suffering any mental illness, stared at the floor and shook slightly as the sentence was announced. Link