A man decided to cut off his wife’s hand off after she threatened him with divorce. Chen Anjun feared that his wife was having an affair and allegedly started becoming abusive.
When his wife Bing Yuqiu ran away to Suzhou, east China, he managed to track her down before leading her to Shanghai, where he committed the crime, reported People’s Daily Online.
He is now in police custody while his wife has permanent lost her left hand. According to reports, Chen Anjun and Bing Yuqiu were both in their second marriages.
Chen had been married for just two days before he separated from his previous wife while Bing’s first husband died just a month after their marriage.
At first, Chen and Bing’s marriage seemed happy and they had two children.
The couple opened a clothing store and when Bing was bored, she would surf the internet.
Chen, who has been described as paranoid, started suspecting that his wife might be having an affair with a male friend online.
When he learnt that Bing had lent the man 3,000 Yuan (£300), he became angry and abusive.
Chen closed the clothing store and decided the couple would travel to Shanghai for work.
Bing didn’t want to go with him. She demanded a divorce before running away to Suzhou for work.
She had been there for about four months before Chen found her. Chen was said to have promised to take Bing home for a divorce but instead, he took her to Shanghai.
It was there that he bought a meat cleaver for 15 Yuan (£1.50) and chopped off his wife’s left hand.
After Chen was arrested, he admitted to the crimes. He said: ‘If I chopped off her hand and she becomes disabled, no man will want her. I can then keep her by my side.’
Chen also claimed that he had sharpened the cleaver to minimise the pain caused to his wife while he deliberately hacked at the hand several times and dumped it in the bin so the fingers couldn’t be reattached.
After 12 hours of surgery, doctors realized that even if they managed to reattach the hand, it would be useless.
The family decided that it would be best if Bing had a prosthetic hand fitted in the future.
Bing has now filed for divorce from Chen and is suing him for damages.
Police stated that Chen is not mentally incapacitated but he suffers from a paranoid personality and is very poorly educated.
It is not clear what charges he will face at present.