'Screaming and reaching out for help': Man who murdered estranged wife sentenced to life in prison


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At some point, Mbaye attacked Ndao. At 3:36 p.m., police received a flurry of 911 calls about a “disturbance” in the apartment. A neighbour described emerging from the basement suite below Ndao’s apartment and seeing her lying face down on the patio with Mbaye on her back. Another witness said she was “screaming and reaching out for help.”

Mbaye himself called 911 at 3:41 p.m. and told police he’d stabbed his wife. He remained on the phone until police arrived at the apartment and placed him under arrest. Ndao was found in the kitchen and declared dead at the scene.

An autopsy determined Ndao died of blood loss. Medical examiners counted a total of 71 stab wounds inflicted by multiple knives. Police found three broken knives at the scene, including a badly bent butterknife. The blade from a steak knife used in the attack was found in Ndao’s heart.

During an interview with police, Mbaye told detectives he had been in a relationship with Ndao for more than a decade and that “he was still in love with her.”

When the girls were informed of their mother’s death, one sobbed so hard her nose bled.

Second-degree murder carries a life sentence, with a parole ineligibility period of 10 to 25 years. Justice Adam Germain ruled that Mbaye won’t be allowed to apply for parole for at least 14 years.

Manon Petitclerc, a former co-worker from Quebec City, called Ndao a “beautiful and good person” in an email to Postmedia around the time of her murder.

“She was a beautiful and good person who loved life and who loved to laugh,” Petitclerc said in an email in French. “She wasn’t complicated, she was simple, amiable, sociable — she loved to listen to others and to smile.”

“She also had a great capacity to adapt herself to different situations. Everybody loved her.”