An ongoing marital quarrel ended in murder last week in eastern Slovakia's Trebišov.
When Dezider B. returned home after dropping his son off at nursery school, his wife Zlata began complaining that her life had worsened since she'd left the Czech Republic to live with him. It was a familiar theme in their unhappy marriage.
Already angry that she'd refused to cook dinner for their five children, Dezider became enraged, wielding a knife he was using to cut salami for lunch and stabbing Zlata in the neck.
He later told police he regretted the murder.
"She was provoking me. She got me so worked up I don't even know how my arm sprang up with the knife," he said. "When I saw the knife in her neck I was stunned. I took it out and started shaking."
Zlata, whose age was not reported by Slovak media, had been living with Dezider, 37, since she was 13.
One neighbour reported an unhappy marriage, "He drank and then beat her... she was always fleeing to my apartment."
15. Oct 2001 at 0:00 | Ed Holt