Story By: Sergey Panashchuk, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
A Satanist is facing the prospect of the death penalty after he was arrested for hacking his wife to death with a machete for allegedly having an affair.
Pavel Pronchenko, 38, allegedly killed his wife Olga, 33, by hacking at her repeatedly in the head and stomach with the weapon after accusing her of having an affair.
Her body was found the following day at their home in the village of Chahckovo in the Minsk region of Belarussia, the only country in Europe that still carries out executions for murder.
Cops say long-haired Pronchenko, an artist with a fascination for all things Satanic and who specialises in satanic-ritual themed paintings, accused his yoga instructor wife of having an affair with a mutual friend.
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She denied the accusations but he allegedly went berserk and grabbed the machete, hitting her numerous times.
Cops discovered her body lying in a pool of her own blood after Pronchenko later confessed by text message to a friend who called the police.
Pronchenko was arrested and faces a murder charge. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison or the death penalty.
Police spokeswoman Tatiana Belonog said: “There was a quarrel which resulted in the man wounding his wife. The next day he texted his acquaintance who called the police. We are examining the machete and other evidence.”
The couple had two children, a boy and a girl, who have been taken into care. They will reportedly be sent to a boarding school.
Netizen ‘Anton’ commented: “Stupid imbecile, he left his children orphans”, while ‘Nick’ said: “I heard that inmates like long-haired painters in a certain way.”
Belarus, which is regarded as Europe’s last dictatorship, is the only country on the continent to still use the death penalty.
Executions are carried out by a shot in the back of the head. More than 300 people are thought to have been killed since Belarus became an independent country in 1991.