By ZACHERY PER
A 30-YEAR-old woman was slashed to death with a butcher’s knife by her husband who suspected her of committing adultery in Lopi-B3 village outside Goroka town on Tuesday.
The woman was slashed in the neck and had her abdomen split open.
Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Chief Supt Augustine Wampe confirmed the gruesome slaying caused by the husband’s suspicions and jealousy.
He said the husband, who worked for a building construction company in Lae, returned to Goroka and had been having arguments with his wife for a week.
Chief Supt Wampe said the husband suspected his wife of having extra-marital affairs with other men after his wife joked that she was having affairs with other men.
“Married couples must respect each other’s life.
“If you are suspicious of your partner of having affairs, there are legal avenues to resolve such problems,” he said.
Chief Supt Wampe, however, did not want to disclose the names of the wife and husband as the gruesome killing was unacceptable.
The killing sent shockwaves in Goroka town this week.
Towards the end of last year, a jealous husband from upper Bena also in the Unggai-Bena area, butchered his wife to death after his wife deserted him and summoned him to appear in a marriage separation village court hearing.
Eyewitness Steve Jackson said the husband from Nivi village in the Unggai area, Unggai-Bena, killed his wife in their house in Lopi-B3 after an argument.
He said a woman from the neighbouring house, who went to fetch water from a nearby creek, found the husband in the act of butchering his wife in the house.
Soon after the killing, the husband surrendered himself at Goroka police station and confessed to the police that he killed his wife.
The wife, in her early 30s, was from Atirigu village, also in the Unggai area.
She was married for seven years but was childless.