Mon, 09 Oct 2000

Marital dispute ends in death

DENPASAR, Bali: A man was stabbed to death by his wife at Gunaksa village, in Klungkung regency, police said on Sunday.

Bali Police spokesman Asst. Supt. Andi Arwita said Ida, the victim's wife, is being detained pending investigation results.

He said Ida and her husband, Mugiman, were involved in a heated argument on Saturday.

She claimed that she had tried to warn him about his gambling habit. Angry at her remarks, Mugiman then apparently struck her on the neck twice before storming out of the house.

"A few hours later her husband, still in a state of anger, returned to the house. Fearing that something might happen to her and her son, Ida threw a kitchen knife at him," Andi said recounting Ida's testimony.

The knife pierced deep into Mugiman's left chest.

Ida and several residents then rushed Mugiman to a nearby hospital but he died on the way.

Andi said police are still interrogating Ida further as they are still trying to ascertain whether she truly hurled the knife or stabbed her husband, as the knife pierced deeply into the chest.(zen/lup)