Free State - A man has been sentenced to 19 years in jail for murdering his wife, Free State police said on Tuesday.

“On 31 August, 2011, at about 11.30am, Morake Joseph Ramaisa brutally murdered his wife, Mamokete Maria Ramaisa. The murder occurred at the couple's house in Riebeeckstad near Welkom,” said Sergeant Puleng Motsoeneng.

“It is alleged that the couple had an argument that led them to fight.”

Ramaisa took a knife and slit his wife's throat. She ran into the guest bathroom where she died.

The couple's 15-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter were in the house at the time. The boy woke up when he heard his parents arguing.

He found his mother lying in a pool of blood in the bathroom and called police.

Ramaisa was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with murder.

He was sentenced in the Virginia High Court on August 30. - Sapa