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Man Remains in Custody, Suspected of Strangling Wife

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Man Remains in Custody, Suspected of Strangling Wife

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson

The man suspected of killing his wife on Saturday night says he is not guilty. He is undergoing psychiatric evaluation. Police say that they think the woman was strangled. Late Sunday a court ordered the suspect to be held in police custody for three weeks. He is now in the Litla-Hraun prison. According to mbl.is, he has been suffering from mental problems and been in a psychiatric ward temporarily. The man was not known to Icelandic police.

The woman has been working at a cleaning company and the man is an employee of Vodafone in Iceland.

Neighbors say that the couple seemed friendly and nice. On Saturday at least one of their neighbors had a friendly conversation with the two, and said they seemed to be in a good mood. A little after midnight the husband called his friend and said his wife was dead. The friend then notified police.

The couple is of Polish origin and has been living in Iceland for a number of years. They got to know each other in Iceland. The wife was 26 at her time of death, but the man will be 29 later this week. They had two children, five and two years old. The children are now in a temporary foster home. The wife’s brother is on his way to Iceland.

Witnesses say the man was in tears when he was led out of his apartment in the suburb of Breiðholt, Reykjavík, on Sunday night.

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