Man strangled wife in car for seeking divorce, say police

PUTRAJAYA: A 41-year-old man has been placed in remand until Aug 6 after telling police he had strangled his wife to death with her headscarf in a car in Dengkil on Wednesday because she wanted a divorce.

Sepang district police chief Wan Kamarul Azran Wan Yusof said the suspect told police that he drove the car, with the body of his 40-year-old wife inside, to an area near a lake in Pinggiran Cyberjaya. He placed her on the driver’s seat and left the engine on.

“He then returned home and went out with their 14-year-old daughter by a Grab car to look for the victim. The suspect claimed that he and the Grab driver found the victim’s vehicle after midnight before calling the police when they discovered her motionless body.

“A post-mortem carried out on July 30 found that the victim, a university lecturer, died of compression to the neck. The suspect was arrested at the grounds of Serdang hospital the same day,” he said.

Wan Kamarul Azran said the suspect confessed to killing his wife because she had insisted on a divorce, adding that the couple had been married since 2005.

“The suspect also led police to the place where he dumped the victim’s belongings. He also confessed to breaking his wife’s mobile phone before throwing it away,” he said.