Longtime readers of my blog might remember this post I wrote last January about an Indian-American man named Santhosh Paul who tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife Tina Paul.
Ever since I added a sitemeter to my blog several weeks ago, I have noticed that I have been getting a lot of hits from people who search for "Santhosh Paul" in Google. So, a short while ago, for the sake of curiosity, I decided to search on Newsday.com and sure enough there were two articles that appeared today.
Newsday reports that Santhosh Paul pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of criminal facilitation. He was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. In a related article, Tina Paul was able to get the restraining order lifted so that she can visit her husband in jail.
My favorite line from the second article was when Newsday reporter Ann Givens wrote, "The North Bellmore couple's marriage was strained last year when Santhosh was arrested for trying to hire a man to stab Tina to death." (Italics mine.)
Strained? STRAINED? A spouse gets caught cheating. A couple falls on hard times financially and has trouble paying the bills. Those are the kinds of things that put a strain on a marriage. Trying to hire someone to kill your wife? Somehow the word "strained" just doesn't seem to do justice to it.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Santhosh and Tina Paul after he gets out of prison, which will probably be within five to ten years. I just hope they don't have anymore children once they are reunited again. A husband who tries to have his wife murdered and a wife too stupid to leave that husband simply should not be allowed to breed.