BUTTERWORTH: A lorry driver, suspecting his wife of infidelity, strangled and stabbed her to death at their Taman Merbau Indah low-cost flat unit, here, early yesterday morning.
The 25-year-old then allegedly left the house with their 4-year-old daughter and only returned home late at night.
He then lodged a report, informing the police that he found his wife dead when he returned home at about 10pm.
Seberang Prai Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the suspect had initially claimed that he and his wife, also 25, had quarrelled at home at 5am yesterday.
"He (the suspect) said the quarrel escalated into a fight where he had pushed his wife, causing her to fall on the floor.
"He then left her there and took their daughter out and only returned home at 10pm. Upon his return, he found his wife, lying face up, dead," he said today.
Noorzainy said police who rushed to the scene found the victim covered in a bedsheet, in one of the rooms.
He said checks on the fully-clothed body found five signs of injuries, two on the right arm, one on the left arm, one on the neck and one on the right hand, which led police to suspect something amiss.
"We also found a cleaver with blood stains inside the sink, believed to have been used to attack the victim," he added.
Noorzainy said, acting on that, police arrested the suspect at his house at 2.20am today.
Following Interrogation, Noorzainy informed that the suspect admitted to strangling the victim and had used the cleaver to stab her.
"He claimed he did it after finding out through the victimâ€™s WhatsApp application that she was having an affair for the last three weeks.
"The couple has been married for more than two years, and they have a daughter," he said.
Police classified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
The suspect has been remanded to assist in investigation. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd