A 31-year-old Indonesian man in Sabah, Malaysia, was arrested and detained on Saturday after allegedly killing his 27-year-old wife for constantly asking if he had been having an extramarital affair.

The murder happened at about 8pm on October 27 at the Ladang Pintasan 5B workers quarters in Kinabatangan. The couple had been involved in a heated debate in the kitchen after the jobless man was asked by his wife if he had had an extramarital relationship, the China Press reported.

Kinabatangan district police received a witness’ report of a sighting of the man escaping the premises with a parang – a local knife – in his hand.

Meanwhile the wife, who worked as an oil palm fruit collector, was found lying dead in the workers’ living room with several wounds to her face and head and three fingers on her right hand were missing.

Officers conducted a search in the area and arrested the man who was hiding in the workers’ quarters. He admitted to police he was in a rage after being frequently challenged about being faithful to his wife.

Preliminary investigations revealed the Indonesian couple had no identification documents. Kinabatangan district police are continuing their investigation.