Woman murdered in suspected domestic violence incident

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Police are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found in a house in Winterswijk in Gelderland on Sunday.

According to local paper De Gelderlander, the couple, reportedly in their early 30s, were known to have a troubled relationship. Sources told the paper the woman had moved away from the marital home in Doetinchem to the flat in Winterswijk. A neighbour raised the alarm when he heard shouting on Sunday afternoon, the paper said.

The man, reportedly a member of the Achterhoek police force, is said to have killed his wife and then committed suicide.

Police have not confirmed the reports.

Some 43 women are killed each year in the Netherlands. In the period between 2017 and 2021, six out of 10 perpetrators were the partner or ex-partner of the victim, figures from statistics agency CBS show.

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