A RETIRED engineer has been convicted of stabbing his wife before dialling 999 and saying: ‘She’s run away, I have failed.
Derek Miller had denied attempting to murder Galina, 57, in the kitchen of their home in Broad Street, Old Portsmouth.
Miller was cleared of that charge but found guilty of the lesser charge of GBH with intent in a majority verdict.
A 12-strong jury had heard that after stabbing her with a knife, he dialled 999 and said ‘she’s run away, I have failed’.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard a fight ensued between the pair when Mrs Miller realised what had happened.
However she eventually managed to escape via the front door and run to a friend nearby for help.
Meanwhile, Miller, her husband of 11 years, dialled 999 and said: ‘I have just attempted to kill my wife.’ He added: ‘She has goaded me for years.’
A jury heard the relationship between the couple had been on the rocks.
However, they had tried to patch up their differences on the night before the attack, with Mr Miller buying her ‘the biggest bunch of flowers he could find’, chocolates and cooking her dinner.
The court was told Miller was ‘resentful’ that his Russian-born wife was gaining independence and was out of the house more, having found a job teaching English to foreign students in Liphook.
Meanwhile, she had discovered he was more than £70,000 in debt, believed he had been looking on the internet for call girls and perhaps going with prostitutes.
Dad-of-three Miller flew into a rage on the morning Mrs Miller was stabbed, after waking up with cold feet as there were no covers on them.
Mrs Miller emptied the bins in the household before returning to the kitchen for more bin liners.
Prosecutor Rob Welling said Miller stabbed her with a 10in knife – ‘the biggest in the house,’ between 8.30am and 9am on November 26 last year.
He said: ‘When she saw the knife he said “you will die now”.’
Miller, who has no previous convictions, was the first person to dial 999.
The court heard he later told police ‘I’m sorry, it had to be done.’
He is due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Whirlwind romance in Russian city
THE couple met in 2002 after exchanging e-mails online and later booking two rooms at a hotel in Moscow’s Red Square.
They tied the knot later that year and it was Mr Miller’s second marriage.
The jury was told Mr Miller had been a professional footballer in his youth before training in aeronautical engineering and later becoming an IT salesman.
His career gave him considerable wealth and he was able to retire at the age of 50 before he moved to Portsmouth in 1999 to pursue his love of sailing.
After they married, Mrs Miller became a popular member of the community, including Portsmouth Sailing Club, where Mr Miller was a member. The pair travelled extensively across Europe.
Mrs Miller obtained a post-graduate degree at the University of Portsmouth, but Mr Miller said her work as a teacher left little time for him.
He said she was convinced he was having a relationship with a shopworker at Lidl.
‘She just did not let it rest,’ he said.
‘She said “You are going down to the shop to see your girlfriend again”.’