A man who stabbed his girlfriend 145 times in front of her horrified 10-year-old daughter has been jailed for life.
Sharon Blair, 42, from Walsall, West Midlands, was left mutilated beyond recognition after the frenzied attack by Christopher Jones, 54, at his home in Street, Somerset.
Her 10-year-old daughter - who was covered in blood - begged him to stop after being woken up by screaming. She then called police before leading her brother and sister, both six, to safety, Bristol Crown Court heard.
In the harrowing 13-minute 999 call, which was played to the jury, the girl screamed "Mummy!" and cried: "Why are you stabbing mummy?"
As Ms Blair’s bloody body lay still on the kitchen floor, he cut off her nose and face.
Jones, who claimed it was a "crime of passion", admitted manslaughter - citing self-defence. But a jury took just over 80 minutes to find him unanimously guilty of murder.
Justice Charles Gray told Jones he would serve a minimum term of 16 years before being eligible for parole.
"You have been convicted of the murder of Sharon Blair," he said. "For whatever reason, in the late evening of the 15 April you subjected Sharon Blair to a most horrific attack.
"You stabbed her well over 140 times with kitchen knives - the force of the blows was such that the blades of two were bent and another was broken entirely."
The judge also dismissed Jones’s claim that the voice of a 17th century African slave had told him to kill his lover as a "complete fabrication."
He said he initially claimed self-defence and then attempted to mount a defence of diminished responsibility when he realised the first would fail.
Jones had earlier shown no emotion as the jury forewoman delivered the guilty verdict, but members of Ms Blair’s family gasped and broke down in tears.
One woman in the public gallery waved a crucifix at Jones, who stared on impassively.
The trial heard Ms Blair, 42, was killed shortly before midnight on April 15 last year.
The couple had been seeing each other for six years and Mrs Blair was staying for the weekend with her daughter and six-year-old twins.
They went to bed at 9pm but Mr Jones went downstairs two hours later to make a cup of tea. He was followed into the kitchen by Mrs Blair.
He stabbed her repeatedly - with 79 of the 145 stab wounds inflicted to her face.
Prosecutor Paul Dunkels QC told the jury at Bristol Crown Court: "Jones slashed her with serrated knives so she suffered mutilating wounds to her face, scalp, torso, arms and hands."
Jones used six knives in the horrific attack after snapping the blades with the force of the blows.
The 10-year-old girl ran out of the house in her pyjamas on to Orchard Road to raise the alarm to neighbours.
Mr Dunkels said: "She was running around shouting ’My mummy has been killed - she has been stabbed. You have got to help her’.
"Ms Blair’s nose had been cut off and her jaw bone and throat were exposed."
Jones, who was unemployed, initially told the police "I am sorry, I am responsible, something terrible has happened."
He later blamed Ms Blair for initiating the attack, claiming she was drunk and had threatened him with a knife.
But no trace of drink or drugs was found in Ms Blair’s system.
The court heard how Jones remained calm and composed when neighbours confronted him about the killing.