Nicholas Campbell QC and Stephen Littlewood have successfully prosecuted Thahi Manaa, a Sheffield man who tortured and murdered his wife.

The case was heard in Sheffield Crown Court in January 2015 and Jurors we told how Sara el Shoureifi suffered ‘sadistic injuries’ inflicted with ‘severe force’ by her husband. Among her 270 injuries were stab wounds to her head and neck, as well as lacerations and bruises. Her body was discovered with a screwdriver sticking out of her left eye.

Manaa gave various accounts to psychiatrists before claiming to have lost his memory about the attack.

The Jurors rejected his plea of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The case was one of the first to be heard following the recent Court of Appeal decision R v Brennan 2014 EWCA Crim 2387 which changed the law in this area.

Manaa was convicted of murder and sentenced to 23 years in prison.