Finnish Man Shoots His Wife of a Foreign Background in Lahti Over Child Custody Dispute
On Sunday evening, the police were called to a shooting at Ala-Tonttilankatu in Lahti, southern Finland.
After arriving at the scene, the police caught a man, 53, who is suspected of shooting his wife, 38.
According to the information received by Finnish tabloid Ilta-Sanomat, the man is a native Finn and lives in Kouvola, southeastern Finland. The victim is a woman of African descent, who had sought a divorce from the man.
According to the tabloid, the couple had recently been fighting over the custody of their child. The couple married in January 2016. Recently, the woman has been living in Lahti and the man in Kouvola.
The woman had sought a divorce at the beginning of the year.
Less than two weeks ago the woman had filed an application to the district court where she requested custody over their child, who is less than school age.
When the parents separated the father high-handedly took the child to his new home in Kouvola.
The child stayed with his father, and the mother met the child only on weekends.
According to the custody application, the tabloid says, the woman was not knowledgeable of the Finnish law so she didn’t know how to act in the battle for custody of a child. She accepted the arrangement where she would only see her child on weekends.
But recently she had requested the help of the Finnish law.
Now the man is suspected of murder.