On April 8 2014, 25 year old Wubanchi Asfaw died from multiple stab wounds in Auburn, NSW.
Her husband, Solomon Hailu Jenbare was sentenced on September 16th for manslaughter with 9 years of prison and a 5 year non-parole period.
In sentencing Jenbare, Justice L McCallum said she had taken into account Jenbare’s mental health issues which doctors say are a consequence of being subjected to torture in Ethiopia, before arriving in Australia.
Wubanchi Asfaw’s death shocked Australia’s Ethiopian community – but senior community figures and social workers have told SBS Radio warning signs that something was seriously wrong in the couple’s relationship were obvious. They say Wubanchi's death uncovers a dilemma between traditional marriage mediation and Australian law in dealing with domestic violence.