A man has allegedly killed his newlywed wife at their wedding reception after he became jealous of another guest.
Groom Stepan Dolgikh, 33, has been detained in Russia on suspicion of beating wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, to death on the day they married.
Dolgikh had a previous conviction for murder but the bride, who got to know him while he was in prison, believed she could tame him, according to authorities.
Witnesses said the beating began when the groom became “jealous” of another guest at their alcohol-fuelled wedding party in a private house in Prokudskoye village, Novosibirsk region.
He accused his new wife of “behaving incorrectly”, it’s alleged.
Chief investigator Kirill Petrushin told NGS news agency the groom “began to punch and kick her outside the house”.
He continued to attack her inside the house, he alleged.
“He grabbed her by the hair, hit her, pushed her out into the street, where he also continued to strike her body and head,” Mr Petrushin said.
He added when she appeared lifeless “he dumped her into a nearby ravine”.
Other guests were reportedly too scared to intervene but they called the police.
The groom was detained at the scene by the Russian National Guard.
Dolgikh confessed to the killing, Mr Petrushin said.
The suspect has been remanded in custody for two months as the murder investigation continues.
“He beat her for a long time, in front of witnesses, and struck her vital organs – in the torso and head,” he told journalists.
“In a state of alcoholic intoxication, due to jealousy, he developed a hostile attitude towards his wife.
“He was jealous of one of the guests.
“It seemed to her husband that she behaved incorrectly, which caused a scandal.”
The man had previous convictions for murder and robbery, but Ms Poludentseva believed she could help him mend his ways.
“The deceased woman knew about his criminal record,” Mr Petrushin said.
“They met while he was serving a sentence in prison for previous crimes.
“She did not think that while drinking alcohol or just in a fit of anger, a person like this may go over the limit and commit a serious crime.”
Written by Will Stewart for Australscope
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