A Gurkha whose wife was murdered in a stranger sex attack said today that the hardest military training had been easier than the ordeal his family had endured.
Thaluman Mabo said that the killing of mother-of-three Krishnamaya Mabo at the hands of Glen Nelson had led to the toughest months of his life.
Nelson, 30, was jailed for life and told he will serve a minimum of 25 years yesterday after he pleaded guilty to the murder and attempted rape of Mrs Mabo on June 2 as she went for a walk in woodland near her garrison home in Arborfield, Berkshire.
The attack was sexually motivated and prosecutors said that Nelson, who had two previous convictions for attempted rape, was a dangerous offender.
In a statement, Mr Mabo, who serves with the Royal Gurkha Rifles, said: "Due to the horrific murder of my wife life has taken a different path for my family.
"Since the incident, the past few months have been the toughest in my life. The hardest military training seems so much easier compared to what me and my three children have gone through every day.
"I am proud of my children, the positive way they are coping without the presence of their beloved mother being by their side. I will never know what is going through their thoughts every day.
"The list could go on and on, but we were determined to get justice because that's what myself, my father, grandfather, forefather, have been fighting for with our British brothers for the last 300 years until now. We are The Gurkhas.
"In the future I can only hope that in every passing day, we share the memories and live by the morals that were made with my wife and that her radiating way of life projects through us all in everything my family and I do."
Nelson, who lived in a mobile home in Eversley Road, Arborfield, appeared via video link at Reading Crown Court to admit his crimes.
He had gone out looking for women to attack on the day he murdered Mrs Mabo, 39, but had been scared off by other people or dogs.
The alarm was raised by Mr Mabo when his wife of 20 years did not return home and she was reported as missing.
A volunteer helping with the search found Mrs Mabo's body by a tree in an area known as Long Copse.
A post-mortem examination found she died from asphyxiation.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gill Wootton, said: "This was a disturbing stranger incident in which a woman walking on her own was attacked and tragically murdered by a man whose actions were clearly sexually motivated.
"Nelson had already approached a woman earlier the same day and made indecent suggestions and comments towards her.
"Stranger murders like this are an extremely rare occurrence, but when they do happen, they naturally cause a great deal of anxiety and concern.
"Following the discovery of Krishnamaya's body, Nelson was swiftly identified as a suspect and was arrested later the same day.
"When he was interviewed, Nelson initially answered no comment and maintained this position for some time. However he eventually made a full confession.
"Krishnamaya was a loving wife and mother and her untimely death has had a devastating impact on those close to her, including her family, friends and the wider Nepalese community.
"I would like to pay tribute to Krishnamaya's family for their wholehearted support of our investigation and I am pleased they have been spared the ordeal of sitting through a trial and can take some comfort in the fact her killer is now behind bars."
Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Mrs Mabo, who had gone out for a walk, had the misfortune to come across Glen Nelson. We may never know for sure what happened, or why Nelson murdered Mrs Mabo, but what we do know is that Nelson is an extremely dangerous man."
Nelson received a six-year concurrent sentence for attempted rape.