A MAN who murdered his wife's lover in an honour killing has been jailed for at least 17 years by a Sydney judge.
In the Supreme Court in Sydney today, Justice David Davies sentenced Hazairin Iskandar, 58, to a maximum 23 years' imprisonment for the murder of Mohd Shah Saemin.
Mr Saemin, known as Shah, died after he was attacked by Iskandar and his son, Andrew, outside his Leichhardt flat in Sydney's inner west on the night of February 21, 2010.
Iskandar stabbed Mr Saemin at least four times to the upper body with a knife, while his son struck him repeatedly with a hammer.
The court heard Mr Saemin had been having an affair with Iskandar's wife, Nita, and Iskandar felt the affair had “brought shame on the family”.
The crown alleged he set out to kill Mr Saemin to protect the honour of his family in a “pre-planned, premeditated and executed killing”.
“This was a vicious, prolonged, brutal attack where some of the worst acts of violence were perpetrated while the defendant lay on the ground, unable to defend himself,” Justice Davies said.
Andrew Iskandar was jailed for at least 18 years in March this year for the murder, while Nita Iskandar was placed on a two-year good-behaviour bond for being an accessory after murder.
Nita Iskandar, who was in court today, wept in court after the sentence was handed down.
Justice Davies noted Iskandar had shown genuine remorse for his actions and would be of an “advanced age” by the time he was eligible for parole.
But he noted: “This was a brutal, and for the deceased, a terrifying slaying where he no doubt suffered considerably before he died.”
Taking into account time already served, Iskandar will be eligible for parole in February 2027.