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Man stabs wife to death, claims “jealousy”; second femicide in 12 days

A 40-year-old man stabbed to death his 31-year-old wife in Dafni suburb of Athens and handed himself over to police claiming his motive was “jealousy.” It is the second femicide in Greece in just less than two weeks and the third since May.

The murder took place in the bedroom of the family home. The woman was lying in a lake of blood on the bed. It has not been clarified yet whether the victim was sleeping when she was attacked.

Citing police sources media report that the victim had several stab injuries.

Police told media that the perpetrator said that he had murdered the woman because he was “jealous.”

The man of Albanian origin operates a souvlaki-grill nearby.
According to media information available until now, the man reportedly opened the grill in the morning as usual then took a knife and went home to kill his wife. The couple allegedly had an argument on Friday morning.
After the murder he went to police station.
Neighbors are in shock and say that the couple was often arguing and that the victim had complained to friends that he was often abusing her.
To the outside world, the man was showing a friendly profile of a good and carrying family provider.
Some neighbor had reportedly called the police on July 11 due to a violent fight. Police came, however, it did not show any particular interest, the neighbor claimed on a FB post on the same day. Speaking to media today, the woman who lives in the apartment next door said that the victim shouted twice “Help! and then it was silence.”
The neighbor added that “phycial and verbal violence was often, usually when they both returned from the grill late at night and on Sunday noons and that the 8-year-old child was also often victim of violence.”
The child was not at home when the father murdered the mother.

The man is expected to be taken before a prosecutor as the investigation continues.

It is the third murder of a woman, the third femicide in three months in the country.

In May, a 33-year-old helicopter pilot killed his 20-year-old wife Caroline, mother of an 11-month-old baby girl, and staged a fake robbery scenery. Twelve days ago, on July 18, a 30-year-old man brutally murdered his 26-year-old partner Garyfallia while the couple was on vacation on the island of Folegandros.

In the first case the motive judicial-wise remains a “secret,” even though there were reports in the media that she was planning to leave him. In the second the man claimed he got angry because she was distracted with her mobile and they had lost their way and that she often mocked him.

Femicide is a sex-based hate crime term, broadly defined as “the intentional killing of women or girls because they are female”. With men being the perpetrators and often the victims’ intimate partners, the perpetrators often claim being provoked or turned down by them.

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  1. That poor 8 year old. My heart goes out to the children of these crimes.

  2. KTG there is a typo in your article “mother of an 11-year-old baby girl,”, it should read 11 month old baby girl.