Police in Lam Dong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands region have apprehended a Dutch man wanted for killing his Vietnamese wife this week.
Police officers detained JacoBus Johannes Kenter, 63, who is residing in the tourist city of Da Lat in Lam Dong, on Tuesday evening.
He murdered his wife, identified as Le Thi D., 53, at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, according to police.
The murder happened after the couple had a fierce quarrel at their house in Ward 4 in the city.
During the argument, Kenter stabbed his wife many times with two knives, leading to her death, and fled the scene.
While running away, he sent D.’s daughter a message saying, “I killed your mom.”
He was arrested while he was withdrawing cash at an ATM in Da Lat.
The Dutch native traveled to Vietnam in 2006 and married D. in 2010.
He confessed to police that he went out for lunch with his wife, his adopted daughter, who is also the biological daughter of the victim, and some acquaintances on Tuesday.
At the eatery, D. regularly checked her phone and did not focus on the meal, angering Kenter. The two got into an argument, so he left the eatery and went home.
About two hours later, D. returned home.
The couple continued to have a serious quarrel. He failed to control his anger and stabbed his wife many times, causing her death.
|Police in Lam Dong Province, Vietnam check the scene of the murder on May 2, 2023. Photo: Pham Ngan / Tuoi Tre|