As his three children slept soundly in another room, Kiala Henri Lusaka brutally murdered his wife on suspicion she had been unfaithful.
Lusaka, 42, and his Australian wife Jennifer Anne Downes had been living in a rented home in Suva, Fiji at the time of the killing in July 2019.
According to local publication FBC News, a Suva High Court judge referred to a pathologist report during sentencing, noting Ms Downes struggled during her last few minutes and died in an extremely cruel way.
After murdering his wife, the Congo national placed coins on her eyes and sent a photo to her father, Christopher Downes.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Downes reportedly said his grandchildren were still having nightmares, and were scared Lusaka would find them and harm them.
Lusaka was sentenced to a mandatory term of life imprisonment and must serve at least 20 years behind bars before a pardon may be considered by the President.
It is understood Ms Downes worked for the United Nations World Food Program.
NCA NewsWire is seeking comment from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.