Richmond Hill man faces life for stabbing death of ex-wife
by Lisa A. Fraser
Feb 01, 2012 | 634 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A South Richmond Hill resident was arraigned on homicide charges last Wednesday, January 25, for the stabbing and killing of his estranged wife, 32-year-old Diane Sharma, in front of her three children.

The alleged incident occurred on January 15, when 37-year-old Oscar Novakovsky visited his ex-wife's home on 117th Street in Richmond Hill. Police from the 102nd Precinct responded to a call around 12:40 a.m. of an assault inside the home. When they arrived, they found the woman lying on the floor with multiple stab wounds.

According to the Queens District Attorney's office, the family had an order of protection against Novakovsky, which was in effect at the time of the incident.

“It was a horrible scene,” said a police source.

Novakovsky was caught that same night and held at Jamaica Hospital for a few days for treatment of cuts to his arms and hands, as well as a psychological evaluation.

According to a law enforcement source, Novakovsky was arrested twice in 2011 – once for criminal contempt and twice for assault.

“It is difficult to imagine a crime more heinous than that of a father viciously attacking his wife in front of their three small children,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “The children will have to bear the emotional scars of what they witnessed for the rest of their lives.”

The stabbing occurred in the presence of their three children, ages three, five and nine. The victim was found with a knife protruding from her neck and had multiple lacerations on her arms and hands.

According to the charges, in statements made to police at the time of his arrest, Novakovsky allegedly said, in part, “...the kids were screaming. The kids were trying to pull me off and were crying.”

He was arraigned on a nine-count complaint, including second-degree murder, aggravated criminal contempt, and of endangering the welfare of a child, among others.

Novakovsky is currently being held without bail and faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

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