A husband stabbed his in-laws to death and wounded his two-year-old daughter in a drunken rage after his wife told him she wanted a divorce, police have said.
Welder Aleksey Dogadov, 39, has reportedly confessed to the double murder that took place at his home in Nizhny Novgorod, western Russia.
Dogadov allegedly admitted to police the attack was prompted when his wife, Svetlana Serova, who is in her mid-twenties, asked for a divorce
Svetlana is believed to have lost patience her husband, reported to be a heavy drinker, being intoxicated in the daytime, she told him she was leaving him.
The enraged husband then grabbed four knives and chased Svetlana as she tried to flee the home, police claim.
In the courtyard, Dogadov is believed to have spotted his parents-in-law and his two-year-old daughter.
He allegedly attacked his mother-in-law, 49, first and stabbed her twice in the neck.
After that, he is said to have rushed to his ‘hysterical’ two-year-old daughter, and stabbed her in the leg.
The child’s 51-year-old grandfather, Aleksandr Serov, stepped in and was stabbed in the chest and in the stomach, according to reports.
While Dogadov was stabbing his father-in-law, the child managed to hide in the sauna built in the courtyard and survive.
Dogadov then reportedly rushed to his neighbours’ garden where Svetlana was calling for help.
The neighbours are said to have managed to disarm Dogadov and handed him over to the police.
Svetlana’s mother was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Aleksandr Serov was rushed to hospital where he was was revealed to have suffered stab wounds to his lung and internal abdominal organs.
He later died in intensive care.
The child was hospitalised and diagnosed with cuts to her tendons. Her mother is in the hospital with her.
A local resident Anna, who knew the family, said: "He [Dogadov] was previously convicted for murder after breaking his girlfriend’s neck. Svetlana knew that, but decided to give him a second chance to have a relationship and a family.”
The authorities have not confirmed Anna’s claims.
A police spokesperson said: "The suspect confessed to the crime. He was placed into custody. The investigation is ongoing."
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