During a fight caused by his wife damaging his Star Wars memorabilia, Ricki La Touche, 30, suffocated Pornpilai Srisroy, 28, before running off to his mother’s house to tell her what he had done.
The mother-of-one was later discovered dead on the couple’s bed covered with a duvet and pillow in Leigh, Greater Manchester.
He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years yesterday after a jury found him guilty of murder. He had admitted manslaughter.
La Touche – also known as Rickie Nehls - told police his wife had smashed up his Star Wars collection as part of a campaign to "make his life hell."
He claimed to have "flipped" after she threatened to leave him to go back to her native Thailand.
He claimed to have been abused by her throughout their marriage and had turned to a domestic abuse hotline before the murder in April, the court was told.
When police arrived La Touche told them: "We woke up. My wife is from Thailand and she keeps threatening to leave."
"We argued and she said she was going to make my life hell. She’s put me through it before. I couldn’t let that happen again."
"I then just remember getting up from on top of her. I think I’ve choked her"
He claimed his wife had once hit him with a pool cue and threatened to kill him when he was sleep and then "cut him up and eat him."