Refugee convicted again of wife's murder

An Afghan refugee accused of killing his wife after complaining she had become "too Australian" has again been convicted of her murder.

Soltan Ahmad Azizi was jailed in 2010 for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years for strangling Marzieh Rahimi with her veil at the couple's Hampton Park home in 2007.

The mother-of five was killed in front of their three-month-old baby and 22-month-old toddler after earlier telling social workers her husband was violent and had branded her a slave with no rights.

Azizi had also told her sister-in-law days before he killed his 33-year-old wife that she had become "too Australian".

He admitted to punching his wife then choking her with her veil.

He phoned triple-0, telling the operator: "I killed my wife ... come see. You come. My kids are only little".

Azizi had pleaded not guilty to murder, arguing that he had not intended to kill her.

His defence lawyers appealed his original conviction on the grounds that inadmissible or prejudicial evidence was presented to the jury, including statements made by his wife about previous physical, psychological and emotional abuse.

They also argued the jury was not given the option of the alternative charge of defensive homicide.

But following a retrial in the Victorian Supreme Court, Azizi was found guilty by a jury on Sunday.

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