A 42-year-old man was so incensed by his wife, aged 40, asking for divorce that he grabbed her by the neck and strangled her to death
The man, a resident of Sepang, then pretended to have found his wife's dead body near a lake at Pinggiran Cyberjaya and subsequently informed the Cyberjaya police station, according to a report in Berita Harian.
"He told us he hired Grab and was been searching for his wife from 4pm on 28 July from their house at Putra Perdana, until he found her car near a lake at Pinggiran Cyberjaya where he found her motionless body," Sepang District Police chief ACP Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof said today, 2 August.
According to ACP Wan Kamarul, when police checked the scene, they found that the woman's purse and mobile phone were missing but her gold bangle was still on her left hand.
He explained that they were alerted after the husband called them at around 1.04am on 30 July.
The husband's lie, however, didn't last long as investigations revealed the couple had been going through marital problems since 24 June
After being arrested and questioned by the police, he reportedly confessed to killing his wife.
"The victim's husband was arrested at the Serdang Hospital compound at 12.30pm on 30 July and the suspect admitted to strangling the victim using the hijab (headscarf) she was wearing," the ACP said.
The reason he was arrested at the Serdang Hospital because that's where the victim's body was sent for post-mortem, which found the cause of death of the victim due to "compression of the neck".
"The police team was also guided by the suspect to an area near the Putra Perdana Mosque where the victim's belongings and a black batik shirt were dumped," ACP Wan Kamarul added.
The man told police he strangled her because he was furious with her after having a heated argument over her wanting to file for divorce
"He told us he strangled her for nearly 10 minutes until she was motionless, and then drove her to the scene where she was found and switched her to the driver's seat at around 4.30pm," the ACP said.
The husband left the car with its engine turned on. He also admitted to breaking the victim's Samsung phone using a stone to damage it before throwing it into the Taman Putra Perdana lake.
They married in 2005 and have a daughter, aged 14
"The victim worked as a lecturer while the suspect is a volunteer of a non-governmental organisation and does not have a permanent job," according to the ACP, who said that the investigation was carried under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and the suspect has been remanded until 6 August.
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