Man ‘stabbed wife and put corpse in freezer before leaving disturbing message’

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A husband allegedly stabbed his wife to death and put her body in a freezer after she asked him for a divorce.

Chan Chen, also known as Vivian, was tragically found dead at her home in the suburb of Pymble in New South Wales, Australia, on November 27, 2019.

Police officers believe Haoling Luo attacked his wife after accusing her of having an affair, an inquest at NSW Coroners Court heard.

On November 24, neighbours heard “raised voices and children screaming”, the NCA Newswire reports.

Police officers attended the scene and spoke to neighbours but did not investigate any further.

Ms Chen’s place of work received a text message saying she needed to text a few weeks off.

The St Ives childcare centre tried to get in touch, but Luo said they were leaving for China imminently.

He picked up a chest freezer before leaving the country on November 26.

The following day, a colleague of Luo’s received a voicemail from him reportedly saying: “I was a little mentally abnormal a few days ago and accidentally killed my wife during a fight with her.”

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They got in touch with police, who found Ms Chen’s body inside the apartment.

Officers discovered Luo’s DNA under her fingernails, on a plaster, and in blood samples taken from the apartment,

A medical examination found she had died from three stab wounds to the chest, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Deputy State Coroner Elaine Truscott said Ms Chen was killed in the home on November 24 or 25 in a “homicide by [a] known person in a domestic relationship”.

Almost two years before the attack, Ms Chen is understood to have told a friend of her husband’s that a doctor in China had diagnosed him with schizophrenia.

She also reportedly told a friend on Chinese messaging service WeChat that she had asked for a divorce.

Lou would inspect her phone after convincing himself she was having an affair.

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Along with leaving the voicemail, he also reportedly confessed to Ms Chen’s dad after arriving in China.

He was taken into custody and is expected to be prosecuted in the country.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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