Killer convicted of murdering ex as she went to collect her kids from school

A killer has been found guilty of murdering his estranged wife in a gruesome stabbing in broad daylight.

Ricardo Godinho, 41, killed Aliny Mendes in front of her three-year-old daughter as she left home to collect her other children from school.

A jury at Guildford Crown Court took around three hours to convict the man of murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Godinho, armed with the knife, waited in his car for Aliny and pounced on a grass verge in posh Ewell, Surrey.

Witnesses told the court the thug remained "very calm and collected" during the attack in February this year.

In a statement released after the guilty verdict, Aliny’s family said: "Aliny was a beautiful, intelligent, happy, caring woman who was loved by so many people, both in the UK, and in her home country of Brazil.

"The events of Friday, February 8, 2019, took away not only a sister, daughter, grandchild and friend, but more importantly, took a loving mother away from her four small children.

"The impact that Aliny’s death has left on her children is almost impossible to put into words.

"All four children are under the age of 12 years old and are now left with no mother, which is so hard for them to process at such a young age. It’s the small things that will have an impact on their lives growing up.

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