A jealous husband who brutally stabbed his estranged wife’s new partner in an attack in the garden of their home has been sentenced to life in prison today.
Anthony Angelosanto sent messages to his son saying “I’m going to kill him tonight” and that he was going to kill “mother’s friend” just before arming himself with a large knife and launching the fatal attack on Roderick “Roddy” Georgeson.
A judge told Angelosanto, “It is clear from the evidence at trial that you felt extreme anger toward your estranged wife and jealousy toward your partner, Mr. Georgeson.”
Lord Beckett said: “These emotions offer no apology whatsoever for what you did on August 14, 2021.”
Angelosanto, 50, inflicted two deep knife wounds on his victim, who was bleeding heavily after sustaining an abdominal injury.
Lord Beckett ordered Angelosanto, who has already been convicted of violent crime, to serve at least 20 years in prison before he can apply to the parole board for a parole.
The judge said the court must do everything possible to prevent “premeditated and violent murder”.
He said he had read “touching and harrowing” testimonies from Mr Georgeson’s father and partner.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Angelosanto’s wife had reported previous incidents to the police before the murder and that Angelosanto had promised officers not to contact or speak to her and Mr Georgeson or to go to their address on Lingerwood Road in Newtongrange, Midlothian before committing the fatal attack.
Angelosanto denied murdering 41-year-old Mr Georgeson at her home on August 14, 2021 and filed a special defense alleging he acted in self-defense but was unanimously found guilty of the murder.
Lord Beckett told the jury they had reached “a decisive verdict”, adding it was “a verdict which is fully justified on the basis of the evidence you have heard”.
Assistant Attorney John Keenan KC told the jury at his trial, “Clearly in this case there is sufficient compelling and overwhelming evidence to enable you to convict the defendant.”
Angelosanto’s former wife, Christine Moyes, told the court that she had been married to him for ten years but had previously had a relationship with him.
Ms Moyes, 42, said she split from him in February 2021 and divorced him in October last year.
After separating from her then-husband in 2021, she met and later developed a relationship with Mr Georgeson in May of the same year.
Mr Georgeson, from Inverness, lived in Edinburgh and worked as a bar manager in a hotel in the city.
She said Angelosanto constantly tried to contact her through phone calls, emails and messages.
She said there were “quite a lot” of things about communications that caused her concern.
She told the court, “I have reported this to the police several times.”
Mr Keenan asked the mother-of-two if she knew if Angelosanto knew anything about her relationship with Mr Georgeson and she replied: “For the last four weeks or so of Roddy’s life he knew.”
She said there were first abuses against her when she gave their names and then there were threats against Mr Georgeson.
The court heard Miss Moyes and Mr Georgeson ate champagne and oysters at a gastropub before returning to their bungalow the weekend before the fatal attack.
A bedroom window was left open in hot weather.
Ms Moyes said: “We were just chatting in bed and next thing Anthony’s head was jumping out the window.”
Mr. Keenan asked what she had heard from him, and she replied, “‘You’re shagging my wife.’
“I’m coming for you Roddy” or “You’ll get it”.
“One of them. It was very quick.”
The self-employed driving instructor closed the window in the morning, locked it and informed the police.
In another incident, they were leaving the house when Angelosanto emerged from a neighbor’s garden and attempted to attack Mr Georgeson, saying: “You are insulting my wife.”
“Don’t come back into this house. They are not wanted.”
After the fatal attack, Ms Moyes told police she saw Angelosanto making “a tumbling movement towards” Mr Georgeson’s side in her garden.
He tried to bring in their dog Sally.
She said in a statement to officers, “I don’t recall saying anything.”
Ms Moyes told the court that she told the truth to the police. Mr Keenan asked if the statement refreshed her memory of the events.
She said, “These are my nightmares and my flashbacks that I’m reading right now.”
She said that after the attack, Mr Georgeson told her he loved her and asked her to call the police and call his boyfriend before closing his eyes.
The court heard Mr Georgeson gave a statement to police after one of the incidents when he was threatened with the words: “Roddy, you will be killed. Don’t fuck my wife anymore.”
Internet searches were found on Angelosanto’s computer leading up to the attack for Mr Georgeson, murder and ‘will you face a stalking charge in jail’?
After the attack, gas engineer Angelosanto returned to an address he had lodged at in Newtongrange before departing. He wore different clothes and carried a backpack.
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