An elderly Surrey man who stabbed his wife with a steak knife 126 times has lost an appeal of his murder conviction.
Sebastiano Damin, 75, attacked his wife Maria Catroppa, 69, while she was sleeping in her bed in their Monta Rosa townhouse in Fleetwood on Nov. 24, 2009. He was found guilty of second-degree murder.
"Something snapped in my head," Damin told a psychiatrist at Royal Columbian Hospital after he was arrested.
Trial Judge Ian Josephson found that while Damin was depressed at the time this didn't prevent him from forming the intent to murder his wife.
Justice Daphne Smith, of the B.C. Court of Appeal, upheld Damin's conviction.
"There was sufficient evidence that, when cumulatively weighed, rationally supported the guilty verdict," Smith said in her reasons for judgment.