09/01/2011 04:56 EDT | Updated 11/01/2011 05:12 EDT

Tesfai Negasi, Edmonton Killer, Called 'Monster' By His Daughter


The daughter of an Edmonton man who killed and dismembered his wife before taking the remains to police headquarters and confessing says her father is a monster.

In her victim impact statement Thursday, Elen Negasi referred to her father, Tesfai Negasi, as "the monster that is my father."

The death of her mother "wounded my spirit," Negasi told the Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench courtroom. "She was the parent who was present in my life."

Elen, 29, said she was "horrified by the brutality [my mother] endured during her death."

The body was so badly damaged the medical examiner could not pinpoint a cause of death.

Tesfai Negasi, a 54-year-old father of four, was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his wife Selamawit, 46, on July 5, 2009.

Negasi was also convicted of offering an indignity to a dead body.

Couple had unhappy marriage

On the night he killed his wife, Negasi drove to police headquarters, confessed to officers and directed them to body parts wrapped in plastic bags in the trunk of his car.

A number of witnesses told the jury that the couple had a dysfunctional, unhappy relationship. Elen Nagasi testified her mother had an appointment with a divorce lawyer at the time she was killed.

On Thursday, the Crown recommended Negasi serve 20 years in jail before being eligible for parole.

His lawyer asked for eligibility to be set at 12 years.

A jury has already recommended Negasi spend at least 20 years in jail.

Negasi will be sentenced on Sept. 7.