A jealous bridegroom has been jailed for 18 years for beating his new wife to death on their wedding day in front of shocked guests.
Stepan Dolgikh, 35, beat wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, to death then dumped her body in a ravine in Novosibirsk, Russia.
The unrepentant killer told a court that he believed his new bride had been cheating on him.
Dolgikh had a previous conviction for murder but the wife – who got to know him while he was in prison as a penpal – believed she could tame him.
Witnesses said he started kicking and punching mother-of-one Poludentseva after becoming ‘jealous’ of her communication with another guest at their alcohol-fuelled wedding party in a private house in Chik village.
He accused his new wife of ‘behaving incorrectly’, it was alleged.
Chief investigator Kirill Petrushin said: ‘He began to punch and kick her outside the house.’
Stepan Dolgikh, 35, (right) beat wife Oksana Poludentseva, 36, (left) to death then dumped her body in a ravine in Novosibirsk, Russia
Dolgikh (left) had a previous conviction for murder but his wife Poludentseva (right) – who got to know him while he was in prison as a penpal – believed she could tame him
Other guests were reportedly too scared to intervene but they called law enforcement as the beating went on out in the street
He continued to attack her inside the house.
‘He grabbed her by the hair, hit her, pushed her out into the street, where he also continued to strike her body and head.’ When she appeared lifeless ‘he dumped her into a nearby ravine’.
The incident was several hours after the couple had exchanged vows at their wedding.
Other guests were reportedly too scared to intervene but they called law enforcement.
The groom was detained at the scene by the Russian National Guard. Dolgikh confessed to the killing, said Petrushin, senior regional detective of the Russian Investigative Committee.
‘He beat her for a long time, in front of witnesses, and struck her vital organs – in the torso and head,’ he said.
Stepan Dolgikh, 35, in a cage during his trial
He ‘fully admitted guilt during the investigation’ but failed to repent, he said.
‘He was jealous of her with one of the male guests,’ said Petrushin.
‘It seemed to her husband that she had behaved incorrectly, which caused a scandal. All the rest were afraid of him, so they tried to intervene, but were rebuffed.’
A friend said: ‘She truly loved him, and was waiting for release.’
The man had previous convictions for murder and robbery, but Poludentseva believed she could help him mend his ways.
‘The deceased woman knew about his criminal record,’ said Petrushin.
‘They met while he was serving a sentence in prison for his previous crimes.’
He added: ‘She did not think that while drinking alcohol or just in a fit of anger, a person like this may go over the limit and commit a serious crime.’