A 22-year-old man in Malaysia slit his pregnant wife's throat after finding out she was having an affair.

The incident took place Tuesday near an oil palm plantation in the state of Sabah. The police, who arrived at the scene after learning about a possible death, found the body of the 20-year-old woman in the living room of a shared farm laborer house, Tawau District Police Chief Peter Umbuas said, the World of Buzz reported.

Authorities began searching for the suspect who had fled the scene. After nearly seven hours, the police arrested the suspect who was hiding in the oil palm plantation. The police also seized a long machete with a blue machete sheath and a pair of long pants from the scene. 

Officer Umbuas told the local media the suspect killed his wife after finding out about her affair. On the day of the tragedy, he asked his wife to confess to the affair, but she refused to do so, following which, in a fit of anger and jealousy, the suspect slit her throat and killed her, the World of Buzz reported. 

Preliminary investigation showed the victim had bruises on the back of the neck, suspected to be due to a sharp weapon. Her body was sent for an autopsy.

The police took the suspect into custody for seven days for further investigation under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

In a similar incident last month in India, a man, in a fit of rage, killed his pregnant wife and sat with her body for two days before surrendering to the police. Authorities said the couple got into a heated argument after he saw his wife with another man. “Firstly, the accused had tried to bury the body under the floor of the house and for which he had dug a part of the floor. But when he failed, he tried to dump the body in the sewer line of the house but couldn’t. Dixit further said that he sat near the body for almost two days,” the Times of India quoted a police officer investigating the case as saying at the time. The accused told the police his wife was having an affair, which was why he killed her. 

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