A Sydney man who beat and stabbed his wife of 28 years to
death after she asked for a divorce has been sentenced to at
least 16 years in prison.
Dragi Maglovski was found guilty of murdering his wife Rosa
Maglovski, 48, on October 8, 2011 in their Hurstville home in
Sydney's south as their adult son Daniel lay oblivious
In sentencing the 60-year-old in the NSW Supreme Court on
Monday, Justice Robert Beech-Jones said Maglovski had stabbed
his wife at least 10 times as well as slashing and beating
"It was a savage, albeit quick attack," Justice Beech-Jones
The court heard the couple, who have two children aged 21 and
26, had been sleeping in separate bedrooms for more than
eight months before the attack.
When, on the afternoon of her death, Ms Maglovski told her
husband she wanted a divorce, the 60-year-old said she spat
in his face saying, "I don't want to live with you anymore, I
don't like you".
While the murder was not premeditated, the judge found that
Maglovski made a "reasonable decision to kill his wife".
"The offender was simply ill-equipped to deal with the
changing nature of their relationship," Justice Beech-Jones
The court heard the 60-year-old, who came from a small
village in Macedonia, married his wife in that country when
she was just 19 and he was 30.
After the pair moved to Australia in 1984, Rosa became
increasingly independent and eventually started her own
Prior to the breakdown of his marriage, the judge said
Maglovski had led an "exemplary life" and that there was no
history of violence in their relationship.
Justice Beech-Jones dismissed defence submissions that Rosa's
call for a divorce was a "mitigating circumstance".
"Married women have a right to choose their own destiny," he
"The offender has visited misery upon himself.
"I expect as he contemplates what he had and what he has lost
he will consider prison a small part of his punishment."
Maglovski was sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison
with a non-parole period of 16 years.
Taking into account time already served, his earliest date
for release is October 27, 2027.