An Iranian immigrant faces jail after he admitted murdering his wife after she refused to support his application to remain in the UK.
Dana Abdullah used a kitchen knife to stab mother-of-four Avan Najmadeen multiple times before covering her body in a solvent on October 1.
The 35-year-old, who claimed to have been tortured in Iraq, then washed the weapon in the sink and put it back where he found it, a court heard.
The couple shared the same immigration solicitor and, after finding out Ms Najmadeen had asked the lawyer on September 28 not to co-operate with his application, Abdullah left her to die at her home in Glebedale Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The turpentine-based substance and the 32-year-old victim’s mobile phone were not recovered from the scene.
Stafford Crown Court heard Ms Najmadeen had deliberately moved address on a number of occasions so the defendant did not know where she was living.
Following proceedings through a Kurdish interpreter, Abdullah, of no fixed address, spoke only to confirm his name and his guilty plea.
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A previous hearing at the same court was told Abdullah had claimed he suffered from PTSD after being tortured in Iraq.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said: ‘The Crown’s case is this was a planned, pre-meditated killing – the reasons being she did not support his case in relation to immigration.
‘A knife in the kitchen had been used, washed, and put back.’
During the 30-minute hearing on Tuesday, Judge Michael Chambers QC said: ‘The defendant had made a considered decision to murder his wife and had gone there to do that.’
Abdullah’s defence barrister Charles Miskin QC conceded it was not in dispute that it was a planned killing.
Adjourning sentence until April 1 at the same court, the judge told Abdullah: ‘You have had the courage to plead guilty to this matter and will get appropriate credit for that in due course.’
Sentencing has been adjourned until April 1.