A groom has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his new wife on their wedding day in front of shocked guests.
Stepan Dolgikh, 35, beat his wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, to death and then threw her body into a ravine.
He told a court in Novosibirsk, Russia, that he believed his new bride was cheating on him.
Dolgikh had a murder record, but his wife – who had met him as a pen pal in prison – thought she could tame him.
Witnesses said he began kicking and beating a Poludentseva’s mother after he became “jealous” of her communication with another guest at their alcohol-fuelled wedding party at a private home in the village of Chik.
He accuses his new wife of “wrong behavior”, it said.
Chief investigator Kirill Petrushin said: “He started hitting and kicking her in front of the house.”
He continued to attack her in the house.
“He grabbed her by the hair, punched her, pushed her into the street where he continued to hit her body and head.”
When she appeared lifeless, “he threw her into a nearby ravine”.
The incident happened several hours after the couple exchanged vows at their wedding.
Other guests were reportedly too scared to intervene, but they called law enforcement.
The groom was detained at the scene by the Russian National Guard.
Dolgikh confessed to the murder, said Petrushin, chief regional detective with the Russian Investigative Committee.
“He beat her in front of witnesses for a long time, hitting her vital organs — upper body and head,” he said.
He “fully admitted his guilt during the investigation” but did not repent, he said.
“He was jealous of her with one of the male guests,” Petrushin said.
“It seemed to her husband that she had misbehaved, which caused a scandal.
“Everyone else was afraid of him, so they tried to intervene but were rebuffed.”
A friend said: “She really loved him and was waiting for his release.”
“The deceased woman knew of his criminal record,” Petrushin said.
“They met while he was serving a sentence for his previous crimes.”
He added, “She didn’t think that a person like that, while drinking alcohol or just being in a fit of anger, could cross the line and commit a serious crime.”
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