12/03/2012 01:25 EST | Updated 02/02/2013 05:12 EST

Man who nearly decapitated wife gets life sentence

Peer Khairi, a Toronto man who slit his wife’s throat so deeply he nearly decapitated her, was sentenced to life in prison Monday with no chance of parole for 15 years.

Khairi, a 65-year-old Afghan immigrant, was found guilty in November of fatally stabbing and slashing the throat of his wife Randjida Khairi in March 2008. She was 53.

The second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence.

Khairi had told the court he acted in self-defence, alleging his wife tried to attack him with a knife.

The Crown argued that Khairi was angry with his wife of 30 years and their six children for adopting Western values after coming to Canada from Afghanistan in 2003.

Five of Khairi's six children were in the courtroom on Monday. Two of his daughters quietly sobbed during the sentencing. One left the courtroom, visibly distraught.

The defence says it will appeal the sentence.